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Jan

Upcoming Android Auto feature could help you navigate to an empty parking spot


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Google already offers real time details on traffic and incidents during navigation on Android. It can even tell you where your car is parked thanks to real time tracking. And a new patent filed by Google suggests that the company could take it a step further by letting users navigate to an empty parking spot. This feature will reportedly make its way with Android Auto, so you might require a vehicle with the required hardware to make use of the feature.

The patent filing posted by Google says the following – “Provided are systems, methods, and computer-readable media routing users for determining a parking route near a user’s destination. A request for parking near a destination and user parking criteria are obtained. A list of parking spaces based on the destination and near the user parking criteria are determined, and a parking mute from the user’s current location that traverses the list of parking spaces is also determined. The first portion of the parking route between the user’s current location and the first parking space is determined. Additional portions of the parking route to additional parking spaces are provided until parking termination criteria are met.”

It is likely that Google will use real time parking lot monitoring at public places like airports, malls etc. As pointed by Phandroid, this would require Google to team up with people responsible for the infrastructure in the particular area. Sadly, this could take some time to get implemented on a global scale. But it seems like Google wants to test this feature out in California where it is also conducting tests for its self driving cars.

It’s certainly an innovative idea and we’ll keep a close eye on Google for more word on this feature’s development over the coming months.

Source: USPTO
Via: Phandroid

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8
Jan

Interview with Yota Devices CEO at CES 2015


In terms of design, the modern smartphones we see today basically all feature the same design: a plastic or aluminum chassis and a flat screen on the front. Sure, there are companies trying to change that like Samsung and their Galaxy Note Edge or LG and their recently-announced G Flex 2, but there is one company out there that is really innovating when it comes to design. Yota Devices is a Russian smartphone manufacturer that has come up with an awesome idea to make our smartphones much more useful, and their idea is quite simple. The company created a smartphone with a normal AMOLED display on the front, but they also included a low-power E Ink display on the back of the device. The company’s first iteration came to market as more of a prototype back in 2012, and has since improved on the design and functionality with their second iteration, the YotaPhone 2. At CES 2015, we got the chance to speak with Vlad Martynov, CEO of Yota Devices, and he sheds some light on what it takes to build such a device, the company’s overall vision and much more!

Yota Devices began with a big vision as a startup company three years ago, without much knowledge on smartphones or supplies to mass-produce devices. Through having a great idea and passion to bring an innovative device to market, Yota Devices eventually convinced suppliers and investors to get behind the project. Qualcomm and E Ink are the notable manufacturers Yota roped in to their idea, and ever since they were on board, Yota Devices knew they had a big future ahead of them.

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When it comes to moving this dual-screen technology to multiple devices, Vlad explains that the company is just sticking to smartphones for now. The company has entertained the idea of creating a tablet with an E Ink display on the back, but one of the biggest problems with current smartphones is battery life, and Yota Devices aims to solve that problem. The YotaPhone 2 is a huge step forward for the company, as it’s the company’s first device meant for mainstream use.

One of the biggest problems with current smartphones is battery life, and Yota Devices aims to solve that problem.

The company’s first iteration was more of a “proof of concept” device, and was meant to show the world that this technology exists and can work well. With all of the positive feedback the company received, they really stepped up to make the YotaPhone 2 a more consumer-friendly device. The company has been reaching out to application developers to create more user-friendly apps specifically tailored for the E Ink display, and Yota is working to get more and more developers on-board for their next device.

See also: E Ink Prism demo and interview at CES

So, what can we expect from a YotaPhone 3? Vlad mentions that the company is working with E Ink to bring a faster refresh rate, improved contrast, and potentially the addition of another color. Yota Devices hopes to keep the same concept for their next iteration, only with much more content and services to use on the rear-facing display.

Yota Devices has a great product and idea on their hands, and we’re really excited to see what’s to come for the company in 2015 and beyond. If you’d like some more info on the YotaPhone 2, check out our full review! Also, be sure to stay tuned with Android Authority for the best coverage of CES 2015.



8
Jan

Evernote Offering Automatic Document Scanning With New ‘Scannable’ iOS App [iOS Blog]


Evernote today released a new iPhone and iPad app that adds scanning to its repertoire of available services. The new Evernote Scannable app debuted last year as a beta service and is now publicly available in the iOS App Store.

Similar to competing scanning apps, Evernote Scannable includes an automatic scanning feature that allows users to scan a document simply by launching the app. Upon launch, the app will locate the document in the camera’s field of view, initiate the scan and sharpen the contents to improve image quality.

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Once scanned, the document can be uploaded to Evernote in a format that makes it searchable. Alternatively, scans can be uploaded to iCloud or shared via AirDrop, text messaging or email. If the scanned document is a business card, the Evernote service will automatically associate the scanned information with the contact’s LinkedIn account. The new Scannable app also will serve as a controller for the ScanSnap Evernote Edition Scanner.

Scannable moves paper forward. Scan contracts, receipts, business cards, and any paper that comes your way. Save or share documents instantly and move on.

Automatically capture high-quality scans anywhere
– Scan fast: Point your camera at documents, Post-it® Notes, or whiteboards. Scannable immediately captures them.
– Save time: Scannable automatically rotates, crops, and adjusts images so your scans are clear and easy to read.
– Share or save: Send documents to colleagues via email or text, or save them to Evernote and other apps.

The Evernote Scannable app is available for free from the iOS App Store. [Direct Link]



8
Jan

Upcoming Ultra-Thin 12-Inch MacBook Air Design Imagined in New Renderings


Following a set of artist renditions that gave fans a basic look at Apple’s long-rumored 12-inch Retina MacBook Air earlier this week, well-known 3D modeler and designer Martin Hajek has created a set of realistic renderings of the unannounced notebook on his blog.

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Hajek follows details found in previous reports of the machine, creating the model with an edge-to-edge keyboard relocating the on-board speakers to grilles above the keyboard. Though the display will be 12 inches diagonally, the new MacBook Air will keep roughly the same footprint as the current 11-inch model thanks to slightly narrower bezels surrounding the screen.

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Apple’s further attempt to thin out the next generation of MacBooks continues in the Retina MacBook Air’s alleged lack of a USB and MagSafe ports, amongst other traditionally expected inputs. The new MacBook will reportedly have just two ports: a headphone jack and a USB Type-C Port, alongside a pair of microphones lining the sides of the device.

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Hajek’s renderings also mirror rumors suggesting the Retina MacBook Air will come in multiple color options that include the same Space Gray, Gold, and Silver colors the company has used since the iPhone 5s. Apple has yet to comment on the rumors swirling around the device, though supply chain sources believed the 12-inch MacBook could enter production sometime in early 2015. The full suite of Hajek’s renderings can be found on his blog.



8
Jan

Game Developer Bundle: Learn to create the next hit Android game, 93% off


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Remember Flappy Bird? What a hit! With just a little bit of code and some retro minimalism, an amazingly viral sensation was created and generated tons of income for its creator. Do you have a great idea that you’ve been tossing around? We’ve entered a new year and you owe it to yourself to reach your goals and bring that game to life! This Android Game Developer Bundle is the exact purchase you should make to start the year off right.

The Android Game Developer Bundle gives aspiring creators 7 quality courses on game development. Learn to build with no prior knowledge of coding required. These courses will empower you and remove the barrier between you and your creative dreams. Heck, maybe we’ll even get to review your creation here on our site! Regularly priced at $761, AndroidGuys readers get limited-time access to this bundle for only $49! We will expect a small commission when your game reaches #1 on Google Play, though. ;)

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8
Jan

Crossy Road hops onto Android


An absolutely addictive one-touch action game, Crossy Road, has made the jump from iOS to Android today. Very simply, you have to get the chicken to cross the road so he can get to the other side. The catch is that there is no other side, and you’re just dodging traffic, speeding trains, torrential rapids, and hungry eagles for as long as possible before meeting an inevitable and grisly demise. You collect coins in the process which get you new blocky characters to embark on this quest of ultimate futility. If there’s one in particular you want to get, they’re available individually through in-app purchases.

8
Jan

Mysterious Xiaomi device with 2000mAh battery suggests thin device


xiaomiA Xiaomi phone with model number 2014910 made its way through TENNA today with a 2,000mAh battery in tow. This could very well suggest that the next phone coming from the company will be a thinner device. The device appears to be in testing so specs are unknown but the device is rumored to sport a Snapdragon 615, and 2GB of RAM.

That said, there’s not much to go on. It could possibly be a new mid-range device, or a sub-series of a current line. We’ll update you when we know more, so keep it locked here.

source: gizchina

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8
Jan

More rumors surface regarding Snapdragon 810 overheating issues


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The newly unveiled LG G Flex 2 isn’t just a smartphone for display buffs, the handset is also packing Qualcomm’s latest and greatest 64-bit Snapdragon 810 processor. However, all may not be well with Qualcomm’s latest high-end SoC, as more rumors have surfaced suggesting that the chip is struggling with some performance impacting production issues.

As a quick recap, the Snapdragon 810 features eight CPU cores in a big.LITTLE configuration, arranged as four heavy lifting Cortex-A57s and four energy efficient Cortex-A53s for the less demanding background tasks. The SoC also showcases Qualcomm’s new high-end Adreno 430 GPU, which is supposed to be the company’s fastest graphics chip yet. This is also Qualcomm’s first 20nm Snapdragon, manufactured by TSMC, which is an important point to remember later on.

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Back to the issues, sources from Korea and analysts with US investment firm J.P. Morgan are convinced that the Snapdragon 810 is suffering from crippling overheating issues. Apparently, this problem is caused by the high-performance Cortex-A57 cores overheating when clock speeds reach 1.2 to 1.4GHz, which is a surprising problem for a core designed to run at speeds approaching 2GHz. This then causes the chip to throttle back on performance, to prevent the whole system from overheating. Separate issues with the SoC’s memory controller have also been reported and instances of GPU throttling have also apparently cropped up during benchmarks, although this could be part of the same CPU overheating issue.

QCOM’s new 64-bit Snapdragon 615 and 810 chips are suffering from overheating issues … For the Snapdragon 810, we believe the issues are related to the implementation of new 64-bit ARM cores (A57) – J.P. Morgan analysts

However, Samsung’s Cortex-A57 powered Exynos 5433 does not suffer from overheating issues, suggesting that this is a problem specific to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon design rather than a problem with the Cortex-A57 itself. This leaves the finger pointed at Qualcomm and TSMC’s 20nm chip design, with several analysts suggesting that a “redesign of a few metal layers” may be needed to fix the issue.

We know that TSMC had been struggling with its 20nm technique for some time and, as this is Qualcomm’s first attempt at a 20nm design, it is possible that unanticipated defects may have appeared. Heat is a serious potential issue when combining high-performance CPU and GPU components into such a confined space, and four Cortex-A57s and the new Adreno 430 may have pushed the chip’s heat up above what we have seen with the older Snapdragon 8XX series and newer low-power Cortex-A53 Snapdragon 615.

During our own hands-on time with the LG G Flex 2 we ran a quick AnTuTu benchmark, which scored an underwhelming result of 41670, placing it behind existing Snapdragon 800 processors. We expected the G Flex 2 to post a result closer to the Galaxy Note 4 and Meizu MX4, which are both octa-core devices powered by some of ARM’s higher end Cortex-A17 and A57 cores.http://embed.chartblocks.com/1.0/?c=54aae997c9a61dad4a47919f&t=caf3189a09b1f02A closer inspection of the results suggests that most of the performance troubles stem from the CPU side of things, with Single Thread and Multitasking scores falling well behind rival Cortex-A57 and A53 based SoCs and even failing to match the performance of older Snapdragon 600 handsets. CPU throttling, possibly due to high-temperatures, is certainly a plausible explanation for such a large performance gap. Although, this could also be a result of optimization issues with big.LITTLE resource management, an unfinished kernel, or some resource hungry background task.http://embed.chartblocks.com/1.0/?c=54aaeae8c9a61db44a47919f&t=d642d0c21a76ddeWhile we weren’t expecting a finished article with the G Flex 2, as LG would likely be pushing for optimizations before the handset goes on sale, these results seem to suggest that something was not quite right with the unit that we tested. The GPU score is a little more in-line with expectations, although the Adreno 430 should outpace the Snapdragon 805’s Adreno 420. The GPU result is more likely down to variance and pre-release optimizations, while it’s much harder to explain away the oddly poor CPU result.

If these performance issues turn out to be true, a delayed release of its flagship Snapdragon 810 SoC is going to cause major headaches for Qualcomm. J.P. Morgan analysts expect that a 20nm redesign could take up to three months. One for prototyping and redesigning the problematic metal layers in the chip and another two for “completing the metal mask layers in final production”. This means that the Snapdragon 810 may not be available until mid-Q2 2015, although it is possible that TSMC is already part way through a redesign.

We believe fixing the issues with the 810 will require the redesign of a few metal layers of the chip, which could push out the schedule by about three months, by our calculations (one month for prototyping and design fix and two additional months for completing the metal mask layers in final production). – J.P. Morgan analysts

Qualcomm’s 20nm Snapdragon 808 could fill in during the 810’s absence, providing that it isn’t facing similar issues. However, with Nvidia, MediaTek and Samsung all offering high-end mobile SoCs with similar capabilities to Qualcomm’s high-end chip, smarphone and tablet manufacturers may turn to Qualcomm’s competitors to power this year’s early flagships. Worryingly, industry wide launch dates could end up postponed as a result.

Previously, Qualcomm had denied rumors of overheating problems in its Snapdragon 810 and has not commented on the latest batch of rumors. Remember, this is only speculation from a small number of sources. It is still possible that Qualcomm will ship the Snapdragon 810 on time and without defects. We’ll keep our eyes pinned for more details.



8
Jan

Welcome to CES, where $50,000 could turn you into a skilled marksman


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What’s holding most everyone back from being a talented sharpshooter? Lots of training. But now you don’t even need that to hit a target from thousands of feet away thanks to Tracking Point’s Mile Maker sniper rifle. Well, anyone who’s rich enough that is. The outfit’s targeting this (pun intended? You be the judge!) massive and heavy gun at people with way more money than time: folks like doctors and lawyers who want to go on safari in Africa and come back with a zebra bust for the wall, guaranteed. If you have a spare $49,500 laying around, you could bag practically any trophy too. But doesn’t that take away from the art and discipline of shooting? For Tracking Point’s answer to that question, check out our stage interview above.

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8
Jan

Welcome to CES, where $50,000 could turn you into a skilled marksman


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What’s holding most everyone back from being a talented sharpshooter? Lots of training. But now you don’t even need that to hit a target from thousands of feet away thanks to Tracking Point’s Mile Maker sniper rifle. Well, anyone who’s rich enough that is. The outfit’s targeting this (pun intended? You be the judge!) massive and heavy gun at people with way more money than time: folks like doctors and lawyers who want to go on safari in Africa and come back with a zebra bust for the wall, guaranteed. If you have a spare $49,500 laying around, you could bag practically any trophy too. But doesn’t that take away from the art and discipline of shooting? For Tracking Point’s answer to that question, check out our stage interview above.

Filed under: Cellphones, Mobile

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