Mario Kart 8‘s brand new 200cc races are fast. Very fast. Indeed, they are so damned speedy that they almost made our own Joseph Volpe throw up while he was having an insanely good time playing. Since we’re always up for a bout of stomach churning fun, the JXE Streams posse is diving back into Mario Kart 8 to check out the new 200cc races as well as the new downloadable characters. We’re also going to share the love with Mike Still, our very special guest from Upright Citizens Brigade.
Tune in at Twitch.tv/Joystiq, Engadget.com/gaming or right here in this post starting at 3:30PM ET for a look at all the new content in Mario Kart 8 on Wii U. What’s it look like when the Animal Crossing Villager rides a scooter around Rainbow Road faster than anyone has before? We’ll find out. You can also chat with us and Mike Still, the artistic director of the UCB theater in Los Angeles and host of Extreme Gaming Championship.
[We’re playing a retail copy of Mario Kart 8 streamed through an Elgato Capture HD via OBS at 720p.]
Google Now started pulling details from third-party Android apps back in January, but today the folks in Mountain View added support for a truckload more. As expected, in addition to the collection of nearly 40 integrations announced a few months back, Google displays info from 70 more inside the card-based repository. This means that you’ll be able to easily keep track of items like your Zipcar reservation return time and quickly snag directions back to the drop-off spot. We won’t run down the full list of new additions, but you can peruse the currently supported lineup right here — just know that Spotify, ABC News, RunKeeper, Jawbone and OpenTable all made the cut. To leverage the new functionality, make sure you’re device is properly equipped with the latest version of the Google app.
Source: Google (Inside Search Blog)
The Apple Watch may come with gobs of customizable watch faces out of the box, but that doesn’t mean that you can install any face you like. Apple has updated its App Store developer guidelines to expressly forbid Watch apps that are primarily designed to tell the time — it can be a feature, but shouldn’t be the focus. You’ll have to make do with the existing choices for now.
However, there are signs that more watch faces are coming. Apple’s help guide suggests that firmware updates could include additional built-in faces. Also, it’s important to note that Apple hasn’t launched its promised native app kit yet. It’s too soon to say whether or not Apple will open the doors to third-party faces at some point down the road. It took a few months after launch for Android Wear to officially support additional faces, so it’s not surprising that this kind of functionality is missing from Cupertino’s wearable on day one.
Source: Apple Developer
The International Space Station has yet another problem on its hands. Russia’s Progress 59 supply ship (you’re looking at Progress 47 above) appears to have suffered a communications breakdown shortly after entering orbit, and it’s been spinning out of control ever since — as you can see in the video below, it’s not about to dock with the ISS any time soon. Ground control had originally hoped that it could get things in order for an April 30th rendezvous, but it’s scuttling those plans unless it can rein in this wayward spacecraft. It’s safe to say that the station crew would like a recovery as soon as possible. When Progress 59 is carrying 6,000 pounds of food, fuel and other essentials, a significant delay could cause more than a few headaches.
[Image credit: NASA]
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Google Now has been expanding in functionality quite a bit as of late, and it all began when Google added third party app integration to the service back in January. Even though Google only announced around 40 partners at the start, the ability to tie in third party apps has been extremely convenient for many users. To make it even more functional, Google has just added support for 70 new third party applications.
Apps of note include Zipcar, which will automatically keep track of your return time and give you directions, and Spotify, which will show you recommended playlists right in your Google Now feed. Google also explains a few others that may be worth your while:
- Get breaking news about the aftermath of the Nepal earthquake from ABC News, Circa, or feedly
- Know when your pad thai is about to arrive with reminders from Eat24 that the food you ordered will soon be on your doorstep, or get inspired with the recipe of the day from Allrecipes
- Keep your fitness goals front and center with gentle nudges from Runkeeper, Jawbone, or Adidas
- And if you’re out to dinner, simply tap on a Now card to pay your bill with OpenTable
If you’d like to see the full list of supported third party apps, Google has provided a handy list that you can check out here.
To get this update, you’ll need the most recent version of the Google app, which is rolling out in the Play Store as we speak. Google says the new Now cards will start showing up within the next few weeks. Head to the Play Store link below to check for your update!
The LG G4 already has a few possible advantages over the Galaxy S6 and other 2015 flagships, at least when it comes to battery life. The first advantage is the fact the G4 has a replaceable battery, allowing you to swap out dead ones for charged. Second, the LG G4 has a 3,000 mAh battery that reportedly will get a little better battery life than the smaller battery found in the GS6 — though we’ve yet to fully verify these claims just yet.
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Still, want even more battery power? Mophie has just announced a new Juice Pack is on its way to the device, adding a 3,450 mAh battery that is said to add 15 hours of extra talk time, nine hours extra net usage, or 10 hours extra video playback.
Of course the Mophie Juice Pack also doubles as protective case for your device, giving it a dual purpose that could make the $99.99 price tag a little easier to swallow. You can pre-order the new Juice Pack from today, but it isn’t expected to ship until sometime in late June. Considering the LG G4 hasn’t shipped yet, though it is arriving in South Korea tomorrow, waiting for the Juice Pack to arrive shouldn’t be a problem.
Today is an exciting day for LG fans, as the LG G4 has been officially unveiled earlier today. Along with this announcement came news from T-Mobile regarding the LG G4’s availability later this Spring, which also confirmed that LG is releasing a new phablet dubbed the LG Stylo, and the budget-conscious LG Leon LTE.
The LG Stylo seems to be direct competition with the Samsung Galaxy Note series. The Stylo will have a built-in stylus, and will likely have software features to enhance the experience, but all T-Mobile says is “With Stylus, you can easily sketch drawings or write notes with increased accuracy and ease.” The camera will have OIS (Optical Image Stabilization). Other specs include:
LG Leon LTE
The LG Leon LTE will be a “value-priced” phone with decent specs. There isn’t much to say about this phone, other than to give you the specs, and to mention that this will help bring people to LG with a lower budget.
Source: T-Mobile Newsroom
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T-Mobile on Tuesday announced a net gain of 1.8 million new customers for Q1 2015. As it turns out, this is the eighth straight quarter for T-Mobile to have added at least one million customers.
As for the churn rate, which is the percentage of customers leaving T-Mobile’s service during the same period, it was a mere 1.3 percent. According to the wireless provider, this is a record low number.
Postpaid customers accounted for 1.1 million of the 1.8 million new subscribers. What’s more, at least one million of its new customers bought phones. Drilling down a tad, 991,000 of those new accounts were smartphone customers; 134,000 customers bought mobile broadband.
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Apple has updated its App Store Review Guidelines to reflect an Apple Watch rule that it’s been enforcing over the past several weeks, which prevents developers from creating Apple Watch apps that display the time. According to the newly added 10.7 rule under “User interface,” Watch Apps that have a “primary function” of telling the time will be rejected.
Though this rule, noticed first by 9to5Mac, was not previously listed in the App Store Review Guidelines or in the Apple Watch Human Interface Guidelines until today, Apple has previously been using this guideline to turn down Apple Watch apps, and its enforcement of this rule appears particularly strict based on some of the apps that have been rejected.
MacRumors recently spoke to one developer who had his app rejected from the App Store due to the time telling rule, but offering the time was not the main function of the app. Instead, it was an app that used a clock-like face to display sunset/sunrise times along with the position of the sun and the moon.
The developer was told by Apple that Apple Watch apps containing a clock face, the likeness of a clock, or time-telling functionality would be rejected, and the Apple employee he spoke with mentioned that quite a few developers had been rejected due to the policy.
A video walkthrough of the available watch faces on the Apple Watch
Given Apple’s aim to position the Apple Watch as a fashion accessory, it’s no surprise that the company is maintaining strict control over what’s arguably the most important core function of the Apple Watch — telling the time. In interviews, Apple executives have explained that hundreds of hours of work went into developing the watch faces that are available for the Apple Watch, with an obsessive amount of detail put into each one for the best possible time-telling experience.
Apple’s also advertised the Apple Watch as an “incredibly accurate” timepiece, a claim that it might not be able to guarantee if a third-party time-telling app is allowed to display the time. Watch faces are one aspect of the Apple Watch that Apple is not allowing users or developers to touch. While watch faces can be customized with Apple’s options, users cannot select their own backgrounds as they can do on the iPhone or iPad and developers cannot develop their own Apple Watch face experiences.
Apple often has strict rules when a product launches, but the rules can and do relax over time, as we’ve seen with iOS 8 and the return of the once-forbidden Launcher app. It’s possible that Apple will open up watch faces to developers in the future, or become less strict with apps that include time-telling functionality, but for now those types of apps will not make it into the App Store.
Today’s App Store Review Guidelines update also included a new bit about HealthKit. Rule 27.10 says that apps conducting health-related human subject research must secure approval from an independent ethics review board.
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This morning LG announced the long-awaited LG G4 device. It carries a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB on board storage and keeps to a 5.5-inch 1440 x 2560 pixel display pushing 538 ppi. It is powered by a 3,000mAh battery that sits behind a plethora of removable covers that bring genuine leather, contoured ceramic and hammered metallic looks. The devices rear shooter keeps the laser auto focus coming with a 16MP camera that sports a F1.8 aperture, a 40% larger image sensor, and a 3-axis optical image stabilizer. They paired that with a rather massive 8MP front shooting camera that carries the gesture shot feature as well. Probably more impressive is that all the shutter speed can be slowed down to 4 seconds and all images captured can be saved in raw format for all those photo editing gurus out there.
I missed the announcement event personally, but I am sure all the major carriers in the states will be carrying the device at one time or another. The first email to hit my account confirmed Sprint as offering the device in June. They leave a date off the press release, but they do confirm it as coming in Metallic Gray and Black Genuine Leather. As a side note, you can pre-register for the device now, by doing so you will also be entered to win one for free.
Head over to the LG G4 Sprint pre-registration page today.
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