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Apr

Uber’s breathalyzer kiosk gets you a ride home if you’re drunk


The Uber Safe kiosk in Montreal

Uber sees its ridesharing service as an ideal way to get you home safely when you’re drunk, and it’s trying out some relatively unique technology to prove its point. The company recently set up an Uber Safe kiosk in Toronto that gave sloshed Canadians a free ride if they blew into a breathalyzer — much safer than stumbling on foot or struggling to hail a cab, if you ask us. The Toronto device was largely a promotional stunt, but Uber tells us that it’s “thrilled” with the early response and to “stay tuned” for the possibility of more kiosks going forward. We can’t imagine that Uber would continue to offer the Safe service free of charge if it catches on, but it’s easy to see systems like this popping up in bar-heavy neighborhoods.

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Source: Uber Blog

8
Apr

Samsung will release a dual-SIM variant of the Galaxy S6


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A handful of leaked pictures surfaced online earlier today disclosing that Samsung is planning on launching a dual-SIM variant of its flagship Galaxy S6. The handset, dubbed the Galaxy S6 Duo, will feature two nano SIM card slots, and is expected to be an Asian exclusive.

The Duo will retain the same model number as the standard Galaxy S6 (SM-G920) and for that reason alone we believe that it will pack identical internals, aside from the extra SIM slot, of course. Which is a 5.1-inch Quad HD display, an octa-core Exynos chipset, 3GB of RAM and a 16MP rear-facing camera.

With regards to pricing, the Galaxy S6 Duo is expected to be released with 64GB of non-expandable flash memory for CNY ¥6135 ($900) when it launches in China later this month.

Source: PhoneArena

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8
Apr

How to use Faces in Photos for OS X


Want to quickly find pictures of yourself, your friends, and your family members within your Photos for OS X library? Check out the Faces album.

Face detection is nothing new when it comes to digital photography: Facebook, iPhoto, and countless other programs and websites have offered it in years past. Photos for OS X carries on that proud tradition with an updated version of Faces in the app.

When you first launch Faces, it automatically detects and finds faces from your photographs for you to tag, then lines them up along the bottom of the screen under the Suggested Faces category. If Faces has recognized a face you don’t want to tag (or an object that happens to look like a face), just select it and press the delete key to remove the tag.

Adding Faces

When you double-click on a Suggested Face, you’re prompted to enter in the name of the person in question. Photos pulls from your Contacts to auto-fill names, though you can also create Faces profiles that have no contact card associated. When you’ve found the person in question or typed in the name you want, click on that selection.

Photos will then try to find other unmatched faces that look similar to your new Faces profile; they’re auto-selected as correct by default, though you can click any wrong face identifications to remove it. When you’re finished, press Add and Continue.

Afterwards, Faces will let you know how many other pictures of the person it was able to find. Faces’s recognition is on par for standard facial expressions, but you may have to go through this process several times if you have photos of the person making strange faces, wearing glasses, and the like.

Viewing Faces

Once you’re finished identifying people, you’ll have a series of Faces profiles in bubble form above the Suggested Faces drop-down. Double-click a face to see all the images that Photos has found of that person.

Each individual Faces profile can be viewed as full photos or face bubbles; if Photos thinks it has additional photos of this person, you’ll also see the “[Person] may be in additional photos” message in the top right corner along with an Add button. You can exit an individual Faces profile by pressing the back button at any time.

Removing Faces

Should you want to remove a Face from a photo, just navigate to the photo and click the info button, then select the face under the Keywords section and delete it.

If you want to remove a whole Faces profile, select one of the Faces bubbles and press delete.

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8
Apr

Sony commences Xperia Z2 And Z2 Tablet Android Lollipop rollout






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Great news for owners of the Xperia Z2 and Z3 Tablet as Sony has just begun the global rollout of the Android Lollipop update for the devices.

The updates will be delivered in phases and are carrier dependant, so the time in which you receive the Android Lollipop update on your Xperia Z2 and Z2 Tablet will vary.

You may have to check with the desktop Sony companion app to see the update rather than OTA.

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8
Apr

Siri Features, CarPlay Support Expanded to Additional Countries [iOS Blog]


siri_ios_7_iconApple today updated its iOS 8 Feature Availability page to note that support for Siri certain features and CarPlay has been expanded to new countries.

CarPlay functionality is now accessible in Brazil, China, India, Thailand, and Turkey, in addition to Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Different countries have gained new Siri features like Sports scores, Twitter integration, and Shazam, as listed below:

Sports – India, New Zealand
Twitter integration – Brazil, Denmark, India, Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey
Facebook integration – Brazil, Denmark, India, Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey
Local Search – Brazil, Denmark, India, Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey
Directions – Brazil, Denmark, India, Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey
Shazam – Brazil, Denmark, India, Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey

Today’s iOS 8.3 update also brought additional changes to CarPlay and Siri, adding wireless CarPlay support to alleviate the need for a Lightning cable with some CarPlay installations, and new Siri languages.



8
Apr

Download and install latest Google Play Store 5.4.11 APK (Material Design)






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The Google Play Store has just received a version bump, bringing it to version 5.4.11 and few minor changes, only a few days after receiving an update to 5.4.10.

We’re still checking out what’s new with the updated version.

Of course, there could be more undisclosed under the hood performance enhancements not immediately noticeable.

If like me you like to be on the cutting edge of developments, you can go ahead and grab the latest Google Play Store 5.4.10 APK from here.

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8
Apr

Google is making it easier to find third party watch straps for Android Wear devices


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Since the launch of the Android Wear platform a little over a year ago, we’ve seen a number of OEMs adopt Google’s wearable OS. But when it comes to changing out the strap on your Wear device, that can get a little tricky. The majority of current Wear watches on the market make it very difficult to purchase third party straps that will fit perfectly. With that said, Google has a plan to help us out with that problem.

You can now check out curated lists of watch straps specifically for Android Wear devices from a number of different manufacturers. E3 Supply Co., Worn & Wound and Clockwork Synergy are the strap makers that Google has highlighted so far, and it would be great to see more create these lists in the future.

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E3 Supply Co. is offering watch bands for the Moto 360, LG G Watch R, LG G Watch, Samsung Gear Live and the Asus ZenWatch. All of the watch straps available for these devices are pretty pricey and are made of genuine Horween leather, just like the stock leather strap on the Moto 360. Worn & Wound only offers straps for the Asus ZenWatch, LG G Watch and LG G Watch R. These are the priciest of the bunch, ranging anywhere from $65-$99 per strap. Clockwork Synergy is offering straps for the Asus ZenWatch, LG G Watch, LG G Watch R, Motorola Moto 360 and Samsung Gear Live, and these are a little more reasonable in price.

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This isn’t really a new idea in the Android Wear world. While companies like TYLT and DODO have partnered with Motorola to make bands specifically for the Moto 360, it’s nice to see other strap makers give Android Wear users more options. Of course, since most Wear devices use 22mm size watch straps, Amazon is always a good place to look if you’d like to save a few bucks.

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8
Apr

Adventures of Poco Eco is a relaxing adventure game new to the Play Store


If you’re looking for a super relaxing puzzle/adventure game, we may have something for you. Adventures of Poco Eco, which has just made its way to the Google Play Store, aims to couple addictive gameplay with an interesting use of sound.

You play as a block-like geometric creature named Poco Eco who’s on a journey to bring back the lost sounds to his tribe. You’ll do so by solving puzzles and completing all twelve 3D levels. The game features a heavy dose of relaxing electronic music composed by Iamyank. All music in the game is from the artist’s newest LP, Lost Sounds, which you’ll also be able to download upon purchasing the game. If you’d like a glimpse at the game’s soundtrack before you buy it, you can find the LP in full on Iamyank’s Bandcamp page.

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The point-and-click gameplay style is very simple, similar to what you’d experience in Ustwo’s Monument Valley. The aim of the game is to let you relax, solve some fun puzzles, gander at the awesome visuals and listen to some nice electronic music.

Adventures of Poco Eco is now available in the Google Play Store for just $1.98. Considering the fact that you’ll get a beautiful game and a free download of the Lost Sounds LP, this is quite the steal. Head to the Play Store link below if you’re interested.

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8
Apr

Dell will sell a bigger version of its flagship Android tablet


Dell will sell a bigger version of its flagship Android tablet

You might not think of Dell as a big name in tablets — not on the level of, say, Apple or Samsung. In fact, though, the once-stodgy PC maker sells one of our favorite Android tabs, the Venue 8 7000, which won a Best of CES award and earned a strong score of 84 in our review. Now, the company is back with a 10-inch edition (the Venue 10), and it’s basically a blown-up version of the original, just with some improved ergonomics.

Other than size, what sets the Venue 10 apart from its little brother is the cylindrical-shaped battery attached to the bottom edge of the device, which is rated for up to seven hours. Look closely and you’ll see it also has stereo speakers built in. Basically, the Venue 10 looks a lot like Lenovo’s Yoga Tablets, except the hinge here doesn’t flip out to double as a kickstand. What you can do is insert the tablet into an optional keyboard, at which point you can use it you know, like a Yoga laptop, with “Tent” and notebook modes, etc. If I’m honest, that big, honking battery detracts somewhat from the Venue 10’s otherwise sleek design, but it makes the tablet easier to hold in one hand.

Aside from than that one, very conspicuous change, the Venue 10 features the same machined aluminum chassis as the smaller model, and is nearly as thin, at 6.2mm thick (versus 6mm on the Venue 8). The screen resolution is the same too (2,560 x 1,600), just spread over a larger 10.5-inch display. Also like the 8-incher, it includes Intel’s RealSense 3D camera setup, complete with an 8-megapixel main rear shooter and stereoscopic 720p cameras to capture different depth layers for each shot. What’s nice here, though, is that because of the Venue 10’s larger size, you can hold the tablet without obstructing the cameras with your fingers — something we complained about on the Venue 8.

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Under the hood, the Venue 10 runs an Intel Atom processor, just like the Venue 8, except this time, it comes with Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box. Specifically, Android for Work, making the tablet much easier for businesses to issue to their employees. In particular, Android for Work adds certain management tools that should please IT guys, including the ability to include a company-specific version of the Play Store with a restricted app selection. At the same time, Android for Work allows you to keep your personal and work data separate, so you could still download consumer-grade apps from the regular Play Store; you’d just need to use Google Play for Work to get company-approved applications.

The Venue 10 will be available later this month, starting at $499 without the Bluetooth keyboard, and $629 with. In the US, at least, you’re looking at 32GB of built-in storage, though in other countries there will be a 16GB option too, presumably at a lower price. Either way, there’s a microSD slot on board that can accommodate cards as large as 512GB — you know, if you can even find one with that kind of capacity.

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8
Apr

Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition for Galaxy S6 pre-orders open April 23 in Japan


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Later this month, consumers in Japan will be able to pre-order the Gear VR Innovation Edition headset that is made specifically for the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. Samsung has set April 23 as the date for device’s pre-orders to open. The device will then ship in the early portion of May; however, consumers can experience Gear VR at Samsung stores setup throughout the country.

Source: Samsung

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