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May

Samsung to Enhance Camera Features with Android 5.1.1 on Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge


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A wise man once crooned, “I’m King of the Mountain” (and he was), and Samsung is like unto said wise man in this regard – the unquestioned lord of its domain. Though the Galaxy S5 is largely seen as a disappointment, the S6 and S6 have been met with some of the best reviews in Samsung’s history. It’s too early to report actual sales, but there’s buzz about these devices.

The Galaxy S6 and S6 edge also happen to boast one of the best cameras in all of mobiledom, with a great (if saturation-happy) sensor, and a camera app robust with features, yet still simple enough for lay users to harness.

However, in this day and age, one cannot just say, “Dude, our camera so totally rocks” and leave it at that. If the HTC One M9 and LG G4 are any indication, with their bevy of manual options, including RAW, Samsung needs to stay on top of its game or it will get out-cameraed by competitors. (Check out our Galaxy S6 – LG G4 shootout.)

We’ve now received word that Samsung will update the camera software for the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge with a forthcoming Android 5.1.1 update. Unfortunately, for T-Mobile users, this was not included in that very update a few days ago, so perhaps a 5.1.2 will be on its way to Big Pink users.

S6 owners currently have no option to control shutter speed or shoot in RAW, and these are likely to be addressed in the update. The release will affect devices codenamed Zen and Noble. Zen is the S6 series of phones, but Noble is allegedly the codename for the upcoming Galaxy Note 5.

There you have it. May your photos reach as high as your dreams. Let us know when you get the updated and how you like the new features.

Source: SamMobile

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5
May

Google pushes an update to the Nexus 9 and it’s not Android 5.1


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Pay attention, Nexus 9 owners! The tablet is currently seeing a software update appear that brings with it…. Android 5.0.2. Oh, you probably thought that Google was finally delivering Android 5.1. Nope, not today.

Google says that performance is improved and bugs have been squashed with this update.

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5
May

Download and manually install Android 5.1.1 on the Nexus 7 (2013) Wi-Fi, Nexus 7 (2012) Wi-Fi, and Nexus 10


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Google began pushing the Android 5.1.1 update to the Nexus 7 (2013) Wi-Fi, Nexus 7 (2012) Wi-Fi, and Nexus 10 about a week or so ago. We know that it takes a while for the update to hit all devices, and you’re probably waiting patiently tapping on “Check for Updates.” I mean impatiently!!

There is no reason to wait any longer because you can download the actual over-the-air update straight from Google and manually install it yourself. If you already know what you’re doing, just grab your download(s) from one of the links below. If not, be sure to hit up our very extensive guide on how to do it. You will be surprised at how easy it is to do, and you there is no need to lose your data.

Nexus 7 (2013) WiFi (razor) From LMY47O to LMY47V (5.1.1)

Nexus 7 (2012) WiFi (nakasi) From LMY47D to LMY47V (5.1.1)

Nexus 10 (mantaray) from LMY47D to LRY47V (5.1.1)

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5
May

Amazon Prime Instant Video now available to JetBlue passengers


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Next time you fly with JetBlue, there will be another option for video streaming. The airline has partnered with Amazon to bring its Prime Instant Video catalog thousands of feet into the air. Passengers, subscribers to Prime or not, can access Amazon’s selection of television shows, documentaries, and movies. The difference is that Prime subscribers can stream eligible content at no cost at all while non-Prime subscribers must pay Amazon’s asking price as they would anywhere else. Also, passengers can stream music at no cost because Prime Music is covered as well.

Passengers do not have to pay the usual $9 per hour fee that JetBlue normally asks for when streaming video.

Hit the break for the full press release.

Prime Instant Video Takes Flight: Amazon and JetBlue to Bring an Unmatched Entertainment Experience to the Sky

Free Fly-Fi broadband internet will enable unlimited instant entertainment from Amazon

JetBlue is the first airline to build online streaming video into the inflight entertainment experience

Amazon Prime members will have instant access to tens of thousands of titles available on Prime Instant Video over free Fly-Fi at no additional cost to their membership

SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–May 5, 2015– Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) and JetBlue (NASDAQ:JBLU) today announced that they will bring unlimited, on-demand entertainment to airline travel later this year through JetBlue’s free high-speed Fly-Fi broadband internet, the industry’s fastest complimentary inflight internet service, to create an unmatched entertainment experience in the sky.

The collaboration will enable Fly-Fi for Amazon Prime members to instantly access tens of thousands of movies and TV episodes, including exclusive Amazon Original Series such as Transparent, Mozart in the Jungle and Bosch, at no additional cost to their membership. In addition, all JetBlue customers will be able to rent or purchase hundreds of thousands of titles in the Amazon Instant Video store, including new-release movies and day-after TV programming, over the free broadband internet.

“We want to provide the best digital video experience to our customers and we’re excited that, with JetBlue, we will raise the bar in airline entertainment,” said Michael Paull, Vice President of Digital Video at Amazon. “We’re thrilled that Fly-Fi technology will give Prime members and customers unlimited, on-demand access to the full catalog of titles from Amazon’s digital video library while they’re in the sky—without the need to rush to download one more episode or movie before taking off, we’re helping make airline travel more enjoyable.”

Fly-Fi uses satellite technology to give customers internet speeds that feel like what they have at home or work. Amazon and JetBlue worked together to ensure that the inflight entertainment system met the premium experience expected by customers when streaming movies and TV episodes from Amazon. Access to Amazon’s entertainment library will be built into the JetBlue Fly-Fi Hub, giving customers instant access to watch titles from Amazon on their laptops, Fire devices, iPhones, iPads and Android phones and tablets—no pre-flight download needed. JetBlue’s free Fly-Fi broadband internet will be available on all of JetBlue’s Airbus A321 and A320 aircraft this year, and on JetBlue’s Embraer E190 aircraft in 2016.

“Just like at home, customers will be able to access movies and TV shows from Amazon from 35,000 feet in the sky over our super-fast and free Fly-Fi,” said Jamie Perry, Vice President, Brand and Product Development, JetBlue. “Amazon’s customer focus aligns perfectly with the experience we have created for our customers, including the best inflight entertainment, free unlimited snacks and beverages, lots of personal space with the most legroom in coach, and wide, comfortable seating. By teaming up with a category-leader like Amazon, we created a unique model where we can offer complimentary broadband internet access.”

Prime members will be able to instantly stream binge-worthy Amazon Original Series, including the Golden Globe award-winning series Transparent, the hour-long police drama Bosch, and the Jason Schwartzman and Roman Coppola comedy, Mozart in the Jungle, in addition to original kids series such as the Emmy and Annie award-winning series Tumble Leaf and the Emmy-nominated live-action series Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street. They can also enjoy top network series available on Prime Instant Video such as The Americans, Downton Abbey, Justified, The Good Wife, Grimm, Mr. Selfridge, Orphan Black, Sons of Anarchy, Suits, Veronica Mars, and Vikings.

On top of unlimited instant access to movies and TV episodes, Amazon Prime members will be able to access and listen to more than one million songs available on Prime Music. All JetBlue customers will be able to purchase and download songs from the Amazon Music store, eBooks from the Kindle store, and apps and games from the Amazon Appstore and earn TrueBlue points when they shop specific categories on Amazon over the free Fly-Fi broadband internet while inflight or through JetBlue promotions.

JetBlue, which was founded on the idea of bringing humanity back to air travel, continues to innovate to offer the best onboard experience at a low cost, including a multi-screen entertainment experience with seatback entertainment, streaming content, and free Fly-Fi broadband internet.

About Amazon

Amazon.com opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995. The company is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire phone, Fire tablets, and Fire TV are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon.

About Prime Instant Video

Amazon Prime members have instant access to stream tens of thousands of movies and TV episodes, including award-winning Amazon Original Series, available on Prime Instant Video at no additional cost to their membership. In addition, new release movies like Gone Girl, Boyhood and Birdman as well as classics like the Star Wars saga along with in-season shows like The Walking Dead, Scandal and Better Call Saul are also available for rent or purchase on Amazon Instant Video for all customers to stream and enjoy.

Customers can watch shows and movies with the Amazon Instant Video app. The Amazon Instant Video app is available on hundreds of devices including connected TVs, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Xbox and PlayStation, as well as on mobile devices like Fire phone, Fire tablets, iPhone, iPad, and Android devices. Customers can also watch online at Amazon.com/PIV. Prime Instant Video is also the only U.S. online-only subscription streaming service that enables offline viewing—on a plane, on vacation, and anywhere else where you may not have Wi-Fi.

Amazon Prime members have exclusive access to popular TV series at no additional cost to their membership. Prime members can enjoy binge-worthy TV shows including Amazon Original Series airing now such as multi-Golden Globe-winning series Transparent, the hour-long drama Bosch, based on Michael Connelly’s best-selling books, the Roman Coppola and Jason Schwartzman comedy, Mozart in the Jungle, and the political comedy starring John Goodman, Alpha House, in addition to HBO favorites like The Sopranos, True Blood and Six Feet Under, and popular primetime series including 24, Covert Affairs, Downton Abbey, Extant, Falling Skies, Grimm, Hannibal, Justified, Orphan Black, Teen Wolf, The Americans, Under the Dome and Veronica Mars. Prime members also have access to an exclusive collection of kids shows now airing including Amazon Original Series’ Annedroids, Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street and the Annecy, Annie and multi-Emmy Award-winning Tumble Leaf from Bix Pix Entertainment, as well as popular shows from Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. including SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora the Explorer, Team Umizoomi, Blue’s Clues and The Bubble Guppies.

In addition to tens of thousands of titles to instantly stream, the Amazon Prime membership (www.amazon.com/primevideo) includes one million songs and hundreds of playlists with Prime Music, unlimited Free Two-Day Shipping on millions of items, early access to select Lightning Deals, unlimited photo storage, and access to more than 800,000 books all for $99 a year.

Comprehensive cast and crew information, including bios and filmographies, is available on Amazon’s IMDb (www.imdb.com), the world’s most popular and authoritative source for movie, TV and celebrity content.

About JetBlue Airways

JetBlue is New York’sHometown Airline, and a leading carrier in Boston, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood, Los Angeles (Long Beach), Orlando, and San Juan. JetBlue carries more than 32 million customers a year to 88 cities in the U.S., Caribbean, and Latin America with an average of 875 daily flights. Upcoming destinations include: Reno-Tahoe, Nev., on May 28; Grenada on June 11, 2015; and Albany, N.Y., on Dec. 10. For more information please visit JetBlue.com.

 

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5
May

[Deal] HTC RE Camera price slashed to $149 when paired with free accessories bundle


htc_re_camera_lineupNow could be the time for people to purchase the HTC RE Camera if they were once hesitant to do so. The RE Camera could be yours for $149 when paired with an accessories bundle through HTC’s site. The company has taken $50 off of the normal $199 price while also including the accessories bundle valued at $70.

Simply head to the site and choose between turquoise, white, orange, and blue color options. Your cart will then update with the clip-on, bar mount, and protection pack not having any price attached.

The deal runs through May 10 and includes free two-day shipping.

Source: HTC

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5
May

Telesurgery tests highlight the limits of the Internet


Telesurgery has the potential to bring surgeons in contact with patients anywhere, any time. In a remote robotic-assisted surgery, a doctor would be able to guide a mechanical device at a far away location to perform the procedure. The use of robotics in surgeries has been successful, as long as the operator and the device are in the same OR. But putting distance between the two has been problematic. The whole process relies on a strong network or Internet for connectivity, which invariably results in some amount of latency. Even the slightest lag can have serious implications. With a $4.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense, the Florida Hospital Nicholson Center has completed a series of tests that reveal improvements in bandwidth technology are making telesurgery safer.

For telesurgery to become a viable option, it’s essential to know how much latency a surgeon can tolerate before it starts to impact the outcome. The center’s tests concluded that a lag of up to 200 milliseconds (about the same time as the blink of an eye) didn’t affect a surgeon’s ability. 107 experienced surgeons completed simulated exercises, both with and without induced latency for comparable results. Most of those surgeons noticed a delay between 300 and 500 milliseconds and were able to compensate for it, but anything higher was considered too risky.

Telesurgery is of particular interest to the US military because it promises to make the best healthcare available to wounded soldiers near a battlefield. With that in mind, most remote surgery experiments have been focused on overcoming harsh environments and long distances. “These discovered that all of the necessary pieces were not in place yet to provide telesurgery to soldiers,” says Dr Roger Smith, Chief Technology Officer at the Nicholson Center. “But they did not measure what was possible in a technology-rich environment.”

Unlike previous tests, which highlighted the failures of the system, the center tested distances where telesurgery could be successful. “Our research focused on finding out what is possible right now at short distances and well-equipped hospitals,” he says. “Then we will step out from there until we find the threshold where the system breaks down.” Their simulated telesurgery tests covered a 1,200-mile distance, from Celebration, Florida to Fort Worth in Texas.

Latency has been the biggest obstacle so far. But it isn’t the only thing that prevents telesurgery from being accessible to the military or the public. “The challenges are in security, social acceptance, and legal constraints,” says Dr. Smith. “Without more clear answers in those areas, no company will invest the millions necessary to create a robotic system for telesurgery.”

[Image credit: Nicholson Center]

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5
May

Apple TV channel lineup expands with CBS Sports and USA Now


All signs point to a completely revamped Apple TV being in the works. For now, however, the growth of the platform doesn’t appear to be slowing down — even as new hardware and software loom on the horizon. Today, CBS Sports and USA Now launched their on-demand streaming channels on Apple TV, bringing even more entertainment content to owners of the $69 set-top box. While neither channel offers access to live shows, there’s still plenty to watch from both networks, including full episodes and a robust set of shorter length videos. If you’re in the US, you should see these on your Apple TV’s home screen now — otherwise they will be showing up soon.

Filed under: Home Entertainment, Internet, Software, HD, Apple

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5
May

Mysterious group relaunches Grooveshark


Quasi-legal music streaming service Grooveshark shutdown earlier this month as part of a settlement agreement with major labels. But the internet wouldn’t let it die. A mysterious team has resurrected the service. One of the team, an individual who calls himself Shark, told BGR, “well, I started backing up all the content on the website when I started suspecting that Grooveshark’s demise is close and my suspicion was confirmed a few days later when they closed.” The relaunched music-stealing site is a shadow of its former self, but Shark’s team hopes to recreate the defunct site’s entire UI experience including playlists and favorites. It’s unclear if the team is affiliated in any way with the former Grooveshark. Whoever they are, the team behind this zombie version of the site should expect the same type of copyright lawsuits from record labels.

Filed under: Internet

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Source: BGR

5
May

Which keyboards are worth buying?


Which keyboards are worth buying?

When you consider how much time we spend in front of our computers, how we interact with them should be a key concern. That said, unless you’re a gamer or programmer, you probably haven’t done much shopping around. Last month, we took a look at some of the best gaming keyboards that have come out recently. Now, we turn our gaze to some newer models designed for uses other than playing your favorite PC games — including ones for work, controlling your home theater and portable units you can carry around in your bag for typing on the go.

Filed under: Peripherals, Microsoft

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5
May

How to Set Up and Manage Notifications on Apple Watch [iOS Blog]


One of the Apple Watch’s most important features is the ability to keep you connected to your notifications without needing to have your iPhone in your hand or even in your pocket all of the time. I often miss important text messages because my iPhone is too far away from me to hear my alerts.

But with Apple Watch, all of your notifications are at your fingertips, as if someone is next to you, tapping you on the wrist whenever you get an alert. We’ve got a tutorial for you today that will explain how to set up and manage notifications so that you get the alerts you want and aren’t distracted by the ones you don’t want.

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Set Up Notifications

Notifications on Apple Watch are actually mirrored from your iPhone by default, so any app you have notifications enabled for on your iPhone will also appear on your Apple Watch. To make sure you don’t miss any notifications, you can turn on a Notification Indicator that will display a red dot on your watch face if you have unread notifications.

  1. Enable compatible apps on your iPhone via Notification Center that you want to receive alerts for. It is likely these apps are already enabled on your iPhone, but it is a good idea to check on them.
  2. Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.
  3. Tap the My Watch tab.
  4. Select Notifications from the menu list.
  5. Toggle Notification Indicator to the On position.
  6. You can also set your notifications to private so that it requires you to tap the screen in order to see it.

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