The updates keep rolling in for Google’s app real estate, and Inbox is the latest to get updated to version 1.1. The invite-only email application already had Material Design so this update is a minor one to bring few minor tweaks.
– The colour of the action bar now blends into the status bar.
– The slide-out menu now covers the action bar to give more screen real-estate.
– You can also automatically scroll through email addresses by swiping on the upper section of the menu.
The official Inbox version 1.1 APK can be downloaded by clicking here.
If you’re the type of person who likes to stay on the cutting edge of software then you’ll want to get your hands on the file. And, given software updates can take days or weeks to fully roll out, this ensures you’re moving up in the line.
What’s the Risk?
We’ll only share files or links to files that we feel can be trusted. Google does a great job of signing apps, checking them for malware, and protecting users. If you’re not sure whether you want to download the app at this time, simply wait for your update to arrive. No harm, no foul.
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You love Android, right? What are you doing to help evangelize the platform? Sure, we know you’re out there in the world, whipping your phone out every time you get. But, what are you doing when someone comes to your house? Are you sitting them down to share preach the good word of Android?
The next time you have guests over, break out some of your finest glassware. Represent Android with a custom Android Etch glass. We’ve got one here in the office (picked up at the Big Android BBQ) and love it. Laser etched, it’s clear, crisp, and downright cool.
We’ve partnered with the awesome team over at AndroidEtch to help give away 10 custom designs. With plenty of great options to choose from, there’s something for everyone. Are you head over heels in love with Android 5.0 Lollipop? Do you love the look and feel of Jelly Bean. Whatever it is, AndroidEtch is gonna hook you up with a cool design.
How to Enter
Between November 3 and November 9 simply do the following: Add both AndroidGuys and AndroidEtch to your circles. Please +1 and/or share this post on your timeline, publicly. We’ll randomly select ten people who participated in that time frame. Yes, your odds of winning double if you do both +1 and Share!
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GPS is super useful when you’re trying to navigate unfamiliar areas in cars and on foot, but for ships, it’s an outright lifeline. Many vital systems, especially on large commercial vessels, rely almost entirely on GPS data, meaning it’s a pretty huge deal when satellite connection is lost. GPS is far from infallible, and signals can be jammed by equipment and even solar storms, which is why the UK has begun rolling out a fallback positioning network that uses technology first implemented by the US Navy during WWII. The once-popular Loran positioning system was essentially superseded by GPS, but in a twist to the tale, the UK is using an improved version, known as eLoran, to ensure ships aren’t completely reliant on satellite signals. Trials started at the beginning of last year, and the first seven eLoran stations are now live along the East coast of Great Britain, with all the UK’s major ports expected to be covered by 2019.
The ground-based eLoran system uses long-range radio waves for positioning, much like space-based GPS. It operates on different frequencies, however, and carries a much stronger signal that’s significantly harder to interfere with. It’s the perfect back-up, then, if satellites start falling out of the sky while a ship is trying to traverse a crowded port. Older Loran networks are being decommissioned as they aren’t deemed cost-effective, but the UK isn’t the only place interested in building new, eLoran infrastructure. South Korea is particularly keen on the technology, as it knows the implications of a GPS blackout all too well. What pranksters those North Koreans are.
Hey, Toshiba: you’re no longer the only game in town for big-name laptops with 4K displays. Acer has announced a new version of its V Nitro Black Edition portable with a 15.6-inch, 3,840 x 2,140 screen at its heart, giving you extra-sharp imagery when you’re gaming or editing photos. It promises to be a better deal than its arch-nemesis. You’ll get a quad-core i7 processor and a 1TB spinning hard drive like the Toshiba PC, but you’ll also find a 256GB solid-state drive, 16GB of memory and GeForce GTX 860M graphics. In short, you won’t be hunting for upgrades on this system. The 4K rig should be available through Amazon, Microsoft, Newegg and Tiger Direct this month, or just in time to make it one heckuva gift… for yourself, naturally.
Source: Acer (PRWeb)
Bas Lansdorp has sunk his fortune into Mars One, a nonprofit with a singular aim: to put a human expedition on Mars by 2025. Before then, the outfit intends to put an unmanned probe on the red planet by 2018, shortly followed by a rover in 2020. It’s an ambitious project, and one that’s unique given that it’ll raise the majority of its planned $6 billion budget by selling the broadcast rights to the event and by covering the exploration rover in advertisements. In the run-up to launch, there’ll also be a reality TV show that documents the selection and training of the volunteers who’ve signed up for this one-way mission to the stars. We’re going to sit down with Lansdorp at Engadget Expand on November 8th*, and you can come see the show for free, but to get you in the mood, here’s a short Q&A with the man himself.
*2:30pm at the Javits Center, the big glass building just off the High Line.
What are the benefits of going to Mars?
A human outpost on Mars is the logical next step after humanity’s previous exploration efforts. Ambitious projects, like exploration, bring out the best in humans. The Apollo landings have been a clear, relatively recent example of that. Mars One’s mission can do the same: It can be our generation’s ambition, give hope and inspiration and unite planet Earth.
What are the biggest pitfalls that will have to be overcome to get people there?
“[Mars One] can be our generation’s ambition, give hope and inspiration and unite planet Earth.”
There are numerous financial and technical challenges to overcome before the first people walk the surface of Mars, but the biggest challenge is finding a crew that is up to the task of leaving everything and everyone behind, traveling to Mars for seven months and living on Mars for 26 months before the second crew joins them. That’s exploration in the old-fashioned meaning of the word.
Considering that you can’t pop down to the store for something, how do you decide what to take and what to leave behind?
We will test our plan, our people and our technology in a simulation outpost here on Earth. Through realistic simulation, we will get a good sense of what exactly we need to ensure the survival of the crew until the next supply ship arrives.
The first mission is advertised as a one-way trip; how long before we can hop between Earth and Mars as if it was a transcontinental flight?
“The biggest challenge is finding a crew that is up to the task of leaving everything and everyone behind.”
I think going to Mars will never be like transcontinental flight is today. Even at the speed of light, it takes at least three minutes to get there, so you’d have to travel at 0.5 percent of the speed of light to get there in 12 hours, 100 times faster than any human ever traveled. Getting to Mars in two months should be possible some day, with very innovative rocket technology.
Mars One’s mission is expected to cost around $6 billion, with the bulk of that cash coming from selling the TV rights. Do you think that major scientific advances now need alternative forms of funding, and if so, is this an indictment of how governments treat scientific projects?
Mars One is a plan for exploration, not for science. Of course we will do science once we are there, but survival of our crews and sending additional crews is our main goal. I believe large science projects will depend on entities that expect no direct “return on investment,” like governments or very rich philanthropists.
[Image Credit: Mars One]
Source: Mars One
AT&T and Verizon today announced voice over LTE (VoLTE) interoperability plans that will allow Verizon Wireless and AT&T customers to make VoLTE to VoLTE calls between networks.
VoLTE is a feature that is designed to enable high-definition voice calls that significantly improve call quality.
Engineers from both companies are working through a full set of requirements, beginning with extensive testing in lab environments and then moving to field trials. This approach ensures customers will have a seamless experience making VoLTE HD Voice calls between networks and lays the foundation for interoperability of other Rich Communications Services (RCS) such as video calls, rich messaging, and more in the future.
Verizon introduced its Advanced Calling 1.0 services with VoLTE support back in September, shortly before the release of the iPhone 6. With VoLTE, Verizon customers are able to use simultaneous voice and data capabilities over a 4G LTE network for the first time.
VoLTE in action on Verizon
AT&T is still in the process of rolling out VoLTE support to all markets, continuing to test the feature in a limited number of cities in Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Minnesota, Georgia, and Texas.
VoLTE requires both built-in phone support, included in the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus, and carrier participation. VoLTE interoperability between AT&T and Verizon is good news, as it is not currently possible to make VoLTE calls to outside carrier networks.
Both Verizon and AT&T state hope to establish similar deals with other carriers in the future as VoLTE continues to pick up traction.
Microsoft today announced that it’s opening signups for an early preview of Skype Translator, a real-time language translation feature that it first showed off earlier this year at Re/code‘s Code Conference.
While the initial trial program will be limited to customers who own a Windows 8.1 computer or tablet, Microsoft is open to bringing Skype Translator to other platforms in the future.
The preview program will be free and will initially be available for Windows 8.1 computers and tablets only, and will kick-off with a limited selection of languages. That said, as part of the sign-up process, you’ll have the chance to tell us which languages are important to you, what platforms you’d like to see added, and how you plan to use Skype Translator once it becomes available. We look forward to this feedback, as it will help enhance future releases.
In a May demo of the Skype translation tool, a Skype employee conducted a conversation with a German-speaking colleague, with Skype providing real-time translation from German to English and vice versa. While the translation software did not perform perfectly, audience members at the time said its translation capabilities were “pretty good.”
Microsoft also demoed the feature at its Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, showing off somewhat more polished translation capabilities. According to Microsoft, Skype Translator continually improves as it translates text back and forth from one language to another.
Microsoft Skype Translator Demo
As with the demo, the early preview version of Skype Translator only works with a small number of languages, but Microsoft has plans to continually add additional languages to the app as development progresses.
Microsoft has previously said that after Skype Translator is beta tested on the Windows platform, it will be brought to Mac users.
MCX Executive: Social Security Number Won’t Be Required, Most Customers Don’t Use Major Credit Cards
Composed of a large group of retailers aiming to introduce the QR code-based “CurrentC” payments system, Apple Pay competitor Merchant Customer Exchange, or MCX, has been in the spotlight in recent weeks after the removal of Apple Pay support from Rite Aid and CVS, two prominent MCX members.
Following a hacking incident and negative press focused on CurrentC’s convoluted QR code payment process and privacy issues, MCX has been scrambling to reverse the public’s negative perception of CurrentC.
After a press conference last week where executives suggested MCX was under attack for “challenging the status quo” of large, entrenched payments systems, MCX chief operating officer Scott Rankin did an interview with USA Today to clear up more misconceptions about MCX and CurrentC.
One of the major privacy complaints about CurrentC centered around a requirement that users provide both a social security number and a driver’s license when signing up. According to Rankin, this is only necessary for the pilot test, and he does “not expect to have those requirements” when CurrentC launches in early 2015.
Another issue has been CurrentC’s ability to link to a customer’s bank account, allowing merchants to avoid paying costly credit card fees, a feature Rankin says is actually based on customer preference. 75 percent of all purchases made at the 50 MCX merchants (including Walmart, Target, Lowe’s, and more) are done with cash, debit cards, and gift cards, rather than with Visa, MasterCard, and American Express credit cards.
MCX has previously said CurrentC will accept debit and credit cards in addition to connecting directly to a checking account, and Rankin downplayed the focus on connecting to a user’s bank account, saying that he doesn’t expect it to be the most prevalent CurrentC payment method.
Rankin also addressed the QR code payment process, which has been described as “convoluted” by the media. He called it “frictionless,” but even described in his own words, it requires several steps beyond Apple Pay’s one-finger Touch ID checkout process. MCX has said that it will explore NFC in the future if necessary.
Here’s how Rankin describes the checkout process with CurrentC.
After the sale is rung up, and you say you want to pay via mobile, “You pull out the phone, open the app, click pay and a QR code is displayed. She scans it, and you’re done. It’s like when the QR code is sent to you by the airline and you use it for your boarding pass. It’s frictionless.”
Finally, Rankin once again addressed the exclusivity agreements that bind all MCX members, stating that exclusivity terms are “closer to months than years.”
Rite Aid and CVS, as MCX members, were required to cease accepting Apple Pay to remain part of MCX, but are free to leave at any time. Meijer, another MCX member, has opted to continue offering Apple Pay support in its stores, It is not clear if Meijer has left MCX or if it is ignoring exclusivity restrictions. Rankin confirmed there are no fines for companies that leave MCX, but he did not address the large sums of money companies have already invested in the program.
Rankin’s full comments on CurrentC and MCX can be found at USA Today. MCX executives have plans to speak on CurrentC at the Money 20/20 conference in Las Vegas this week, further explaining how CurrentC will benefit consumers.
Christian Bale will not be starring as Steve Jobs in Aaron Sorkin’s upcoming Steve Jobs biopic, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The actor has reportedly decided that he was “not right for the part,” deciding to withdraw from the film.
Bale was announced as the star of the film just last week, with Sorkin saying that Christian Bale was “the best actor in a certain age range” to play Jobs, and that he had agreed to the part without an audition.
Set to be directed by Danny Boyle, who also directed the Oscar-winning hit Slumdog Millionaire, the upcoming Steve Jobs project focuses on three continuous 30-minute scenes that depict three of Apple’s product launches.
While it is now unclear who will play Steve Jobs in the movie, Seth Rogen is reportedly in talks to play Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, and Jessica Chastain, from The Help, is also being considered for an unspecified role in the film.
Yesterday we reported that Google had updated the Play Store to indicate 1-2 business days for shipping on the new Nexus 9 tablet. If you just cannot wait until tomorrow or later this week, it appears Best Buy has some versions of the tablet in stock and ready for pick-up at their retail stores. For now at least, only the Indigo Black versions are available and a quick check in my area shows good availability of the 16GB model. The 32GB model is available, but the locations that have them are a little more sparse.
Anyone out there planning to run down to a Best Buy and pick up a Nexus 9 today? If so, use the source link to check local store availability and let us know what you think of your shiny new tablet.
source: Best Buy
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