It’s been almost a year since the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 were released in North America, with sales reaching over 15 million units combined worldwide. While we reviewed both consoles, giving the Xbox One an Engadget score of 81 and the PS4 a score of 83, what we reviewed were the systems as they existed at launch, with some great features and a few kinks, but still lots of potential. Since then, plenty has happened for both machines — like Xbox One shedding its mandatory Kinect unit and the release of a few marquee titles like Titanfall and Destiny. To find out where each system stands today, we turn to you, our readers, to let us know about your own experiences with the two consoles. How many games have you bought? Which do you play every day? Do you still make use of options like voice control? Write a detailed review of the Xbox One or PlayStation 4 on their product pages to let us know, and we’ll feature a few of the most insightful comments in our roundup posts next month.
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Androids latest installment of Android treat, Lillipop, is all the rage right now. With Android 5.0 it is readily apparent that manufacturers are finally being forced to up their game a little bit and bring in more of the Google design elements to their own skins. This is a win for Google, the OEMs, and the consumers really. While we don’t get much of a look at everything that HTC has been working on, a couple of leaked screens do show some pretty fantastic Material Design elements at play.
It might be a bit of an adjustment for many, while others coming into Android for the first time will more than likely be in awe of the bold coloring. It will be interesting to see the various manufacturers approaches to the new Android version. Google is expected to release the final Android 5.0 Lollipop code on November 3rd when the Nexus 9 officially becomes available. HTC has said that they will have the Lollipop update available 90 days from Google release, at least for the HTC One M8. The One M7 and others should be in the mix too. That would put it out just after the New Year. How long it takes to get certified and pushed through the various carries is a totally different story.
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LG recently announced the global availability of the LG G watch R. That would be the other round Android wear watch. The device is slated to start hitting digital and physical shelves all over the globe in November. We know it will launch in the Play Store for sure, but now we also know that AT&T will carry the device in-store as well.
They don’t offer up any more detail than that though. Pricing and availability will announced at a later date.
A quick recap: The LG G Watch R carries the Snapdragon 400 processor, 512 RAM, 4GB internal storage, 410 mAh battery, a 1.3-inch full circle P-OLED screen and various sensors. It is also IP67 dust and waterproof rated. It measures in at 46.4 x 53.6 x 9.7 mm and weighs 62 g.
As far as round Android Wear devices, this is looking like a good option. I am hearing some distaste for the ll black housing though without any other immediate option. Where does your Android Wear heart lay? Did you already pick up one that you love, or are you waiting for the G Watch R, or perhaps the ASUS ZenWatch or Sony SmartWatch 3.
Living in the Greater Bay Area of California and flying high and proud flags of Magenta for T-mobile as your carrier? Well good. Then you will be happy to know that throughout Alameda, Contra-Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano and Sonoma counties in the Bay Area all have Wideband LTE depoyed and up and running. This means you should see a dramatic increase in your LTE speeds on your mobile devices.
“We know Bay Area T-Mobile customers are going to notice and take advantage of the faster LTE speeds Wideband LTE provides,” said Neville Ray, Chief Technology Officer, T-Mobile. “Just because we’ve made an upgrade to the network in these areas, don’t think we are done yet. We are continually working to enhance and expand LTE coverage for our customers every day.”
According to T-Mobile Bay Area customers that are using an average of 2.5GB per month of data are clocking speeds faster than Verizon, and AT&T as well as reporting nearly twice the speeds of Sprint. All of this was done trough a 3rd party crowd-source speed test. Many are reporting 21Mbps and some have seen speeds as high as 90Mbps. Not to shabby T-Mobile.
If you are in the Great Bay Area hit the speed tests and see what you are pulling now. Let us know if you are seeing a boost or if things are still hovering.
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Summoning the mighty G from you smart device can be frustrating at times, I mean why do we have to blurt out those two magic words “OK Google” just to ask a question. For once a company not overly known for innovating ideas seem to have found the solution, Microsoft have been working quietly in… Read more »
According to a report published online earlier today, Google’s recently-announced Nexus Player won’t be making its way to Europe until the first quarter of 2015, even though the device will be launching in the United States next Monday, November 3.
The rationale behind the decision to delay the European launch until next year is not that Google can’t produce enough units to serve other markets, but is, in fact, because it wants to ensure that there is plenty of content available for International customers.
Industry insiders claim that Google is working in partnership with local services in the UK, such as Netflix, Now TV, Spotify and BBC iPlayer to develop exclusive, “optimized” applications for the device, in addition signing deals with all of the necessary service providers.
Recent rumors suggest that the Nexus Player will retail for approximately €99 ($125) in Europe and will definitely touchdown in Germany, France, Italy, Sweden, the Netherlands, and the UK before the end of March 2015. It will be available through the Play Store and from several independent retailers.
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Motorola has just launched a new webpage that notifies owners of the Moto X, Moto G, Moto E, Droid Maxx, Droid Mini and Droid Ultra of the status of their much-anticipated Android 5.0 Lollipop upgrade.
Currently, the tracker states that all the above-mentioned smartphones have been “confirmed” to receive the Lollipop update, but none of them have entered the development stage as of yet.
Hit the source link below to view the “Software Tracker” over on the Motorola website.
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Upon receiving the 4.4W.2 update on my G Watch, I noticed that notification cards weren’t appearing on my watch face anymore. Of course, I could still see them if I swiped up. The way I was expecting it to work was that the most recent notification card would appear over my watch face, but the update would now allow me to swipe down, thus removing it from my watch face, but not clearing it. I immediately posted on Google+, but nobody knew what was going on.
Turns out that Google made a change to the Android Wear app that controls this. In previous versions of the Android Wear app, there was a setting for, “Hide cards on dimmed screen.” This would simply hide your most recent notification card from the “Always On” or Ambient Screen,” but it would still show up when your watch face lit up. With the latest update to the app (184.108.40.2064065), that setting becomes “Card Preview.” Putting the terminology aside, both the old and new version of this setting operate exactly the same. Here’s how they work.
Assuming you have the 4.4.W.2 update on your watch, open your Android Wear app and tap on the double gears icon at the top right to open the Settings. If you still have the older version of the app (220.127.116.116973), you will see “Hide cards on dimmed screen.” Tap on that and you will have two choices: Always show or Always hide. If you choose Always show, you will see notification cards on both the “Always On” (or Ambient Screen for Moto 360) display and the fully active waked display. You can still swipe down on the notification card when your display is awake, revealing your full watch face. However, if you would rather there be no notification card ever on the watch face, you can select Always hide. You won’t see notification cards on either the “Always On” display or the the waked display. You can still swipe up to see all your notifications, plus new incoming notifications will always appear on your watch face for a few seconds just like before.
If you have Android Wear 18.104.22.1684065 or higher, you will get the same exact feature, just with different terminology. Just open the Android Wear app and tap on the double gears icon at the top right to open the Settings. You will now see “Card Preview.” Tapping on that will give you two choices: Watch face sets card preview or None. Selecting Watch face sets card preview will show notification cards on both the “Always On” display as well as the fully active display. Just like with the previous version of Android Wear, you will still be able to swipe down on the most recent notification card, revealing your full watch face. If you instead select None, you won’t see notification cards on either the “Always On” display or when the display is waked. You will still be able to swipe up to see all your notification cards, and you will still see new incoming notifications for a few seconds.
For whatever reason Google made this an all or nothing proposition. I would imagine some people might not mind notification cards on the active display, but not on the “Always On” display, which is exactly how it was before the 4.4W.2 update. However, there is no option for that at this time.
I put together a video showing you how both versions of the app works……
I hope this guide helped you. If I missed anything, please let me know in the comments.
source: Android Police
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While some merchants are pushing back against Apple’s new Apple Pay mobile payment service as they work on their own competing solution, banks are putting their weight behind Apple’s solution that seeks to streamline the current experience of using a credit or debit card.
In an effort to encourage users to adopt Apple Pay, Wells Fargo has just launched a program offering credits of up to $20 just for trying out the service. Wells Fargo credit card users can receive one-time $20 credits, while debit and prepaid card users can receive $10 credits simply by using their iPhone 6 or 6 Plus to complete an Apple Pay purchase on their cards through November 30.
Credit card customers will receive $20 credits on their statements within 1-2 billing cycles, while debit and prepaid customers will receive $10 credits on their linked Wells Fargo checking accounts within 45 days.
Banks have been strong supporters of Apple Pay, as the Touch ID authentication offers improved security over traditional credit cards, reducing fraudulent purchases for which banks assume responsibility. Apple does take a small cut of transactions processed using Apple Pay, but that amount appears to be a worthwhile tradeoff for these banks.
Earlier this year, rumors suggested that Microsoft was preparing to launch a new version of Office for Mac in 2014, and now images of what is said to be a new version of Outlook have surfaced on Chinese site cnBeta [Google Translate], suggesting Microsoft is drawing closer to releasing updated Mac Office software.
Depicting “Outlook for Mac 16,” the images show a new version of Outlook that’s been updated with a new OS X Yosemite-style look, adopting translucent menu elements and a flatter overall design. The interface takes on a “simple, modern style,” according to cnBeta, which is “more intuitive” and it includes support for Retina displays much like Office 2011 for Mac.
The design is said to be more unified with both the Windows version of Office and the iPad version, making it easier to switch between platforms. The new Office for Mac and Outlook for Mac are said to take advantage of cloud file sharing, allowing users to swap between devices and to collaborate on projects. It’s also much simpler to share documents with an entire team and Outlook for Mac will integrate with OS X Yosemite’s Notification Center.
Microsoft’s last major Office for Mac release came in October of 2010, more than four years ago, and there’s been little information about an updated version of the software since then.
A presentation given earlier this year by Thorsten Hübschen, Business Group Lead at Microsoft Germany, suggested that Microsoft would debut a new version of its Office productivity suite for the Mac in 2014, and a Microsoft representative later confirmed that employees were “hard at work” on the next version of Office for Mac.
But with this leaked version of Outlook reportedly carrying the version 16 label and Microsoft only nearing a public preview of Office 16 for Windows ahead of a launch next year, the company’s plans are somewhat unclear. Mac versions of Office typically follow their Windows counterparts by only a few months, but it has been two years since the launch of Office 2013 for Windows (version 15) and a corresponding Mac version has yet to appear.