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Apr

New Theme Store Coming Soon to SwiftKey Keyboard for iOS [iOS Blog]


It appears that the popular SwiftKey keyboard for iOS will soon be gaining a Theme Store, MacRumors has learned. SwiftKey already has three themes available in app for free, but the new Theme Store seems to add 11 additional themes that can be purchased at prices between $0.99 and $1.99.

Lower priced $0.99 themes change the color of the keyboard, and some of the available options include “Coal,” “Iceberg,” and “Juice,” three minimal themes that turn the keyboard black, white, or orange.

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There’s also a dynamic “Shooting Stars” theme that uses Parallax to cause the stars in the background to shift when the iPhone is moved, giving it a distinctive 3D feel. “Shooting Stars” is priced at $1.99, and in addition to the parallax effect, users will also see an occasional shooting star soar across the keyboard.

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These new themes will undoubtedly be a welcome addition to SwiftKey users who have wanted to change the look of their keyboards to better suit their personal styles or visual preferences, and it’s likely SwiftKey will continually add new themes to the Theme Store following its release.

The new SwiftKey Theme Store appears to be rolling out to SwiftKey‘s beta testing group, but it will likely be coming to all users as an app update in the near future. Beta testers can access the new themes through the SwiftKey container app in the “Themes” section.

Swiftkey can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]



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13
Apr

[Video] Take a look at a video representation of the history of Samsung’s Galaxy S line


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Samsung’s latest Galaxy S6 is most certainly a culmination of everything the company has learned through its previous iterations of the device. Anybody remember the very first Galaxy S phone? I certainly do, and with how great the S6 is it’s crazy to think how far Samsung, and Android for that matter, has really come. SamsungTomorrow’s YouTube account helps you out with that as they just released a video showcasing the history of their Galaxy S line. From the Galaxy S all the way to the brand new Galaxy S6. Check out the video after the break and let us know what you think! 

Click here to view the embedded video.

If you’re a current or previous Galaxy S user, which one was/is your first? Obviously TouchWiz has always had its critics (including me), but there’s no denying some of the great features the device line does offer. What are some of your favorite things about the Galaxy S line?

Come comment on this article: [Video] Take a look at a video representation of the history of Samsung’s Galaxy S line

13
Apr

The ‘Grand Theft Auto V’ Rockstar Editor is exclusive to PC


Anyone who plays Grand Theft Auto V on PC will get a special treat when the game launches tomorrow, April 14. The Rockstar Editor is exclusive to the PC version of GTAV, offering tools that allow players to cut up in-game shots, create unique scenes with hand-selected characters, animals and physics, and basically mess around even more in sunny Los Santos. We’re talking about a movie editor here, not a level editor, meaning players will be able to really rev up their creative engines. Imagine re-creating Furious 7, for example — or maybe even Furious 8 (Now with 150 percent more bald dudes!). Take a look at the sweet editing suite coming to GTAV on PC in the new trailer below.

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Source: Rockstar Newswire

13
Apr

Orbit 3-in-1 speaker, camera shutter, and speakerphone, $19.99






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Let’s say you’re out for a bike ride and want to jam some tunes but don’t want buds stuffed in your ear canals, preventing you from hearing the possible dangers of the road. Your phone’s speaker is surely going to pale in comparison to the ambient noise and bringing along even a lightweight Bluetooth speaker will probably be more encumbering than helpful. Wouldn’t it be great if there was a powerful little alternative that you could just clip-on and forget? Enter the Orbit 3-in-1.

The Orbit 3-in-1 is a powerful speaker, remote camera shutter, and speakerphone in one tiny form factor. Take calls, photos, and listen to music with a device small enough to fit on a key chain or in your pocket. Regularly priced at $45, AndroidGuys readers receive 55% off and can order the Orbit for just $19.99!

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13
Apr

Healthcare Apps Bring Dosage Reminders, Doctor Consults to Apple Watch [iOS Blog]


As Apple Watch pre-orders continue to roll in, a few healthcare companies have announced apps for the device that aim to provide services from reminding users to take the correct dosage to initiating a video conferencing call with a doctor on an iPhone.

WebMD‘s app plans to introduce a “Medication Reminder” feature “designed to encourage medication compliance and help improve patient outcomes.” The Watch app will allow users to view their personal log of medical information, schedules, and instructions, with custom pill images of their own personal medication, and taptic feedback reminders on when to take each dosage.

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The company also promises to take advantage of Glances and the Watch’s Long-Look features, allowing users to quickly glance at their next timed pill dose and look at their watch longer for more detailed instructions when a notification comes in.

“One of the most significant barriers to achieving positive patient outcomes is the issue of medication non-compliance, which remains a largely unsolved problem today,” said WebMD President Dr. Steven Zatz. “We believe that the combination of WebMD’s Medication Reminder on Apple Watch represents a powerful new approach to address the issue of non-compliance in a way never before possible.”

HealthTap also announced plans to enter the Apple Watch app market, with the “DocNow App” allowing customers to initiate one-on-one conversations with a doctor 24/7, the consults priced at $2.99 per minute. The company, which already provides the one-on-one service via an iPhone app, promises the Watch app will introduce more detailed, personalized consults thanks to the Watch’s gathering of each individual user’s healthcare and activity data.

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“We’re extremely excited to be on the forefront of the third generation of computing by offering this first-of-its-kind ‘Affordable-Care App’ via the all-new Apple Watch,” says Ron Gutman, HealthTap’s founder and CEO. “At HealthTap we’re committed to continuously innovating and continuously launch new ways to provide faster, more affordable access to trusted doctors so billions everywhere can live healthier happier lives.”

Lastly, Medisafe announced its own Apple Watch app, showcasing a standard Apple Watch app version of the company’s iPhone experience. Medisafe notes that Watch features like Force Touch will let users mark medications as “taken” and more quickly respond to the app’s prompts. Similar to WebMD’s Glances, Medisafe plans to use the feature in providing quick-second glances at each user’s scheduled dosage reminders.

It only took around 6 hours for the initial shipping estimates of all Apple Watch models to slip to a 4-6 week dispatch estimate, or even later in cases of more popular band and color options. As try-on appointments happened over the weekend, and continue to happen in the weeks ahead, more and more users post pictures and experiences with the device, generating more buzz for Apple’s first wearable in the lead-up to its April 24 launch date.



13
Apr

List of Apple Stores With 12-Inch Retina MacBook Display Models [Mac Blog]


Following our own list of Apple Stores carrying the Apple Watch Edition that we published last week, we now have a crowdsourced list of Apple retail locations that have 12-inch Retina MacBook display models set up in the United States, Canada, China, France, Germany, Netherlands, Spain and United Kingdom. Given how quickly this list will likely change, we will not be updating this article and recommend keeping tabs on the MacRumors discussion thread instead.

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Since this is a crowdsourced list by MacRumors forum members, only some locations have been independently verified by us to have new MacBook display models in store. Apple Stores that did not have new MacBooks available on launch day should receive them in the near future, as many retail employees confirmed to us that Apple was expected to be delivering display models soon. Keep in mind that this list covers display models only and not in-store stock of new MacBooks available for purchase.

United States

  • Hawaiian Village (HI): Not displayed, not available
  • Easton (Columbus, OH): Not displayed, not available (Possibly April 13)
  • Beavercreek: Not displayed, not available (Possibly April 13)
  • Tyson’s Corner (Washington DC): Displayed, not available
  • Pentagon Mall (Washington DC): Displayed, not available
  • West 14th St. (New York, NY): Displayed, not available
  • Boston: Displayed, not available (Possibly April 24)
  • Frisco (TX): Displayed, not available
  • Naperville (IL): Displayed, not available
  • Oak Brook (IL): Displayed, not available
  • Broomfield (CO): Not displayed, not available
  • Highland Village (Houston, TX): Displayed, not available
  • Boulder (CO): Not displayed, not available
  • Evergreen Walk (CT): Not displayed, no info about availability
  • Valley Fair (Santa Clara, CA): Displayed, not available
  • Walnut Creek (Bay Area, CA): Displayed, not available
  • Grand Central (New York, NY): Displayed, not available
  • Ala Moana (Honolulu, HI): Displayed, not available
  • Scottsdale Quarter (Scottsdale, AZ): Displayed, not available
  • International Plaza (Tampa, FL): Displayed, not available
  • Galleria (Houston, TX): Displayed, not available
  • Penn Square (Oklahoma City, OK): Displayed, not available
  • Burlingame (CA): Displayed, not available
  • Albuquerque (NM): Displayed, not available
  • Stanford (CA): Displayed, not available
  • Bethesda (MD): Displayed, not available
  • Bethesda (MD): Displayed, not available
  • San Antonio (TX): Displayed, not available
  • Towson (MD): Displayed, not available
  • Willow Bend Mall (Plano, TX): Displayed, not available
  • La Jolla (CA): Displayed, not available
  • South Coast Plaza (Costa Mesa, CA): Displayed, not available
  • Burlington (MA): Displayed, not available
  • Short Pump (Richmond, VA): Displayed, not available
  • Park Meadows Mall (Lone Tree, CO): Displayed, not available
  • Cherry Creek Mall (Denver, CO): Displayed, not available
  • Crabtree Valley Mall (Raleigh, NC): Displayed, not available as of April 10 morning

Canada

  • Halifax Shopping Centre (Halifax, NS): Not displayed, not available
  • Place Ste-Foy (Quebec, QC): Not displayed, not available
  • Eaton Centre (Toronto, ON): Not displayed, not available
  • Mapleview Centre (Burlington, ON): Not displayed, not available

China

  • Shenzhen (Southern China): Displayed, not available (In stock in 4 weeks)

France

  • CAP 3000 (Nice): Not displayed, not available (No availability announced)
    Confluence (Lyon): Not displayed, not available

Germany

  • Jungfernstieg (Hamburg): Not displayed, not available
  • Alstertal (Hamburg): Not displayed, not available
  • Kö-Bogen, Königsallee 2 (Düsseldorf): Not displayed, not available

Netherlands

  • Amsterdam: Not displayed, not available
  • The Hague: Not displayed, not available
  • Haarlem: Not displayed, not available

Spain

  • Paseo de Gracia (Barcelona): Not displayed, not available (No availability announced)
  • La Maquinista (Barcelona): Not displayed, not available (No availability announced)

United Kingdom

  • Watford: Not displayed, not available
  • Brighton: Not displayed, not available
  • Covent Garden: Not displayed, not available
  • Kingston: Not displayed, not available (Possibly April 24)
  • Exeter: Not displayed, not available
  • Edinburgh: Not displayed, not available
  • Birmingham Bull Ring: Not displayed, not available
  • SouthGate (Bath): Not displayed, not available
  • Regent Street (London): Not displayed, not available

Apple’s 12-inch Retina MacBook became available to purchase in silver, space gray and gold on April 10, the same day that Apple Watch pre-orders began in the United States, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan and United Kingdom. The notebook starts at $1,299 for the base 256GB configuration, while a 512GB model with a slightly faster processor is available for $1,599.

The 12-inch MacBook, positioned at the lower end of Apple’s notebook lineup, paves the way for the future with an ultra-thin design, one USB-C port, redesigned keyboard with an all-new butterfly mechanism, Force Touch trackpad, fanless architecture and all-day battery life. Initial reviews of the new MacBook found the notebook to have major design appeal, but too many key compromises.



13
Apr

Apple Launches New Final Cut Pro X, Motion, and Compressor Updates


Apple today sent out a press release announcing an update to its professional video editing software, Final Cut Pro X, along with updates to companion apps Motion and Compressor. The updates bring new features for motion graphics and enhancements to speed up video editing, packaging, and delivery.

As described by Apple, Final Cut Pro‘s 10.2 update marks the debut of easy-to-use tools for the creation of 3D titles, with a variety of templates that include built-in backgrounds and animations. Text styles can customize the look of titles with different materials and lighting, and it’s possible to convert 2D to 3D titles and see changes in real time.

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Today’s update also lets editors view up to four video scopes at the same time for better precision when color grading, and there are now improved Shape masks that can be applied to any effect and saved as a preset. Finally, the update includes support for more video formats and makes it faster to work with RED RAW files.

Motion 5.2 offers additional options for 3D titles, bringing tools for the creation of dynamic titles with lights and cameras, while Compressor 4.2 makes it easier to prepare movies for sale on the iTunes Store.

“From Hollywood blockbuster directors to first time movie makers, Final Cut Pro X is changing the way we edit movies today,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “The updated Final Cut Pro X, Motion and Compressor make it even easier to edit, title and package everything from short videos to feature-length films.”

Apple’s press release includes details from Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, who co-directed the Will Smith film Focus and used Final Cut Pro X to edit the video. The duo’s work with the software was previously featured by Apple on its Final Cut Pro X feature page.

“We loved using Final Cut Pro X to edit Focus,” said Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, co-directors of the 2015 feature film, Focus. “We created the final theatrical titles for the movie right in Final Cut Pro, and the new 3D titling and effects features will let us take in-app graphics even further. We’re using the new Final Cut Pro on our next feature film.”

Several sites have been able to get hands-on access to the new software updates ahead of their launch, and have shared details on the new tools included in the update. Fcp.co has a complete rundown on all the new features, along with screenshots, as does The Next Web.

All of today’s updates are free for existing Final Cut Pro, Compressor, and Motion users.

Final Cut Pro can be downloaded from the Mac App Store for $299.99. [Direct Link]

Compressor can be downloaded from the Mac App Store for $49.99. [Direct Link]

Motion can be downloaded from the Mac App Store for $49.99. [Direct Link]



13
Apr

Samsung Galaxy S6 gets the Tesla S treatment


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A year ago when the Samsung Galaxy S 5 was released, we were witness to one of the most unusual durability tests imagined when the device was subjected to being run over by a Tesla Model S. The producer of that video is back again a year later, this time with a brand new Samsung Galaxy S6 ready to undergo the same torture test.

The initial test is performed with the display face up and unsurprisingly, the new glass back that Samsung has incorporated into their design takes a beating and would need to be replaced. The Galaxy S6 is then subjected to several passes of the Tesla S to see just how much of a beating it can take. After all this, the device is still functional, albeit it is no longer the smooth, sleek smartphone it started out as. Nevertheless, the fact that it still works is a pretty good testimonial to the durability that Samsung achieved with the device.

Check out the video below, but we would not recommend that you try to recreate this with your own vehicle.

Click here to view the embedded video.

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13
Apr

Amazon’s X-Ray now visible on Fire TV devices


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One of the benefits that Fire tablet device owners have when watching Amazon Prime Instant Video is access to information about a title through IMDb thanks to their X-Ray for Movies and TV Shows feature. Using X-Ray, viewers can ask questions like “Who is that actor?”, “What else do they appear in?”, or “What is this song?” Amazon is now making this feature available to owners of their Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick devices. Using a click of their remote, viewers can get answers to those questions and more displayed on their big screen.

Amazon notes that besides basic information about who stars in a movie or show, viewers can access other information contained in the IMDb database. This includes stuff like backstories behind character development, goofs, and trivia.

The new feature only works on Amazon Prime Instant Video, but it does include Amazon’s original series and members-only exclusives. Amazon indicates the new X-Ray feature will be rolling out to Fire TV devices via an OTA update starting today.

Hit the source link to read the full press release from Amazon.

source: Amazon

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13
Apr

Eton Ruckus Xtreme review






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Eton Rukus Xtreme 

Today we present to you a rare gem in the form of a portable Bluetooth speaker. What makes it so special you ask? Does it play music so melodic that is brings tears to winged babies? Perhaps the design is something that future artists will look to when they seek inspiration? Alas no, it is none of those things. What makes the Eton Rukus Xtreme so special is the plethora of features that it brings, that you might forget it’s a speaker first and everything else second.

Design

Starting off with the design of the Eton Ruckus Xtreme, we get design features that are a smooth blend of both conventional and modern design elements. When we first saw it, we couldn’t decide if it looked more like a rectangle, maybe a slab, trapezoid? Trapezoid, that is what the overall body of the Eton Ruckus Xtreme looks like (It took many nights of restless sleep to come to that conclusion). The front where the speaker grills is the biggest part of the Eton Ruckus Xtreme. The speaker grills concave into a circular design on the sides, so the front looks like a rectangle with rounded circle edges. As you move inward the device begins to slant and get smaller, so it ends up looking like a slanted slab. There is purpose to this madness thought as this allows the solar panel (which is no top and we shall address more in detail later) to get more sunlight. Once you get to the very end of the device, there is a nice handle that makes taking the Eton Ruckus Xtreme anywhere a breeze. On the sides of the handle you will find the power button and aux port on the left and on the right lies the AC and USB out port.

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The color scheme of the Eton Ruckus Xtreme is a nice black and green that flow well together. Normally such color combination do not make for great design choices but the Eton Ruckus Xtreme actually looks better for it. It gives it a distinct look, almost a sleek outdoorsy appearance.

Solar Panel


Now things start to get really interesting. The Eton Ruckus Xtreme is truly one of a kind where Bluetooth speakers are concerned as it comes with solar charging capabilities that not only allow you to charge the device itself, but also other devices using nothing but the mighty power of the sun. The solar panel on top is built to gather as much sun as possible when placed outside so your outdoor jam sessions never have to end. So how did the solar panel fare in real-world testing? Remarkably well. Our testing was done on a nice sunny day, so your experience will be different depending on the day. We let the device die down all the way and found that it took less than an hour for it to be operational again. You would still need it to be in the sun for it to keep functioning of course. So if you left it out for a while and did not use it, then it would be more than capable of being fully charged in a matter of hours.

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Charging other devices was not as fast but still a nice feature if you find yourself out in the woods without any other power source. We found that keeping the device pointed directly towards the sun, the device that we needed charging (my HTC One M8) was able to get a nice charge. While we would not use it to charge our device every day, it is still a nice feature that definitely has purpose and will be a welcome addition for those that enjoy being outdoors.

Sound Quality

Now to the actual purpose of the Eton Ruckus Xtreme, playing those hit new jams you just downloaded off the Play Store. With so many other capabilities, one would think that the Eton Ruckus Xtreme would not be a great speaker but we found the opposite to be true. Eton Ruckus Xtreme made listening to music a great experience and could easily replace your current speakers. Sound was rich and deep, with loud tones being very prominent. While we would not necessarily use it to listen to classical or instrumental music, it is more than sufficient for current modern songs that rely heavily on bass and loud tones.

Final Thoughts

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The Eton Ruckus Xtreme is a great speaker with many added features that makes getting one a simple choice (That choice being getting one). If you need a speaker that is also capable of charging itself and other devices with nothing more than what mother nature has already provided us, then the Eton Ruckus Xtreme should be on your wishlist. It is definitely one of the better speakers we have tested thus far due to its added features alone. Any speaker can play music and sound good while doing it, but it takes a special kind of speaker to do so and then some. You can head over to Amazon to snag one for yourself and with summer right around the corner, why wouldn’t you?

 


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