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May

Google Play and Lionsgate launch Mad Men retrospective ahead of series finale


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AMC’s acclaimed television show Mad Men will air its final episode on Sunday, May 17th. To celebrate the series finale, Google Play and Lionsgate have teamed up to bring fans of the series a retrospective that highlights all of the show’s greatest moments. It’s called ‘The Mad Men Experience’, and it shows off a number of on-set photos, commentary with YouTube clips, numerous sketches and much more. To make the experience even better, Google Play is also offering up the first episode of Season One for free.

Here are a few interesting pieces of information regarding the TV show, according to Google:

Fans’ love of the series went far beyond the television screen. According to Google Search Trends,Mad Men has consistently maintained massive fan engagement throughout the years, a tremendous accomplishment after seven seasons. Don Draper has also been the most popular character name search for every season with one exception. Peggy Olsen actually dominated as the most searched character on Google for season one with Don taking second place.  Questions like “how can I dress like the characters in ‘Mad Men?” and “what do they drink?”  trended as some of the most Google-searched questions for the show and fans also wanted to mimic the hairstyles of their favorite Mad Men characters.

The website is pretty laggy and takes quite a bit of time to load. But if you’re interested in checking it out, head on over to madmen.withgoogle.com to see for yourself. And be sure to follow the link below if you’d like to download the first episode of Season One for free.

Get it on Google Play



11
May

Huawei unveils MediaPad M2 tablet in France


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Huawei unveiled its latest tablet, the MediaPad M2, earlier today at an exclusive press conference in Paris, France. The slate is expected to hit shelves in early June with a price tag of €349 ($250).

As for the internals, the device packs an 8-inch Full HD display, a 64-bit Kirin 930 chipset powered by a 2GHz octa-core CPU, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of expandable memory and an 8MP camera.

The M2 ships running the latest build of Lollipop skinned with Huawei’s very own custom user interface. It also has direct support for Cat.4 LTE on board.

Do you like the sound of the MediaPad M2? Will you be picking one up? Be sure to let us know your thoughts below.

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11
May

Samsung now rolling out Lollipop OTA for the Galaxy Core Prime in Poland


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Samsung is currently rolling out the Android 5.0.2 update to all its unlocked variants of the Galaxy Core Prime in Poland. This upgrade brings the latest build of Lollipop, as well as a plethora of bug fixes and stability improvements to the handset.

Hit the break for the full changelog.

  • Material Design: You will quickly notice a whole new colorful look and feel to your device – from fluid animations to new application and system themes, colors and widgets.
  • Notifications UI & Priorities: In order to alert you to the mosttimely and relevant information, the format and behavior of notifications have evolved:
    • notifications will appear on the lock screen and are intelligently ranked by type and who sent them.
    • you double-tap to open one, swipe left or right to clear one, or clear all notifications from the bottom of the list.
    • you can set the priority and privacy of notifications for each application.
    • very high priority notifications will pop up briefly over other applications so that you can take action.
    • when you dismiss a notification on one device it will be dismissed on your other Android devices, if they are connected to the Internet.
    • you can further tailor how notifications behave with the new Downtime and Ambient Display settings (see below).
  • New Interruptions & Downtime Settings: You can tailor how interruptions behave, choosing to allow all, none, or only priority interruptions.  You can personalize what counts as a priority interruption (reminders, events, calls, messages) and even tailor them to be from only contacts you specify.  The Downtime setting will allow only priority interruptions during the times and days that you specify.  e.g. allow only priority interruptions on the weekend.
  • Recent Apps (Multi-tasking): The redesigned Overview space (formerly called Recents) will include both applications and separate activities within those applications.  For instance, each open tab in Chrome will also appear here along with recent applications; both your Gmail Inbox and a draft email message will appear as separate cards.  This provides a consistent way to switch amongst tasks.
  • Flashlight: Lollipop includes a new flashlight option as part of Quick settings (swipe down with two fingers from the status bar to see it).
  • Pin a view/app: Screen pinning allows you to keep a specific app or screen in view. For example, you can ‘pin’ a game and your child will not be able to navigate anywhere else on your phone.
  • Battery: The Battery settings panel now shows an estimated projection for how much time you have left while discharging or charging.  You can also enable a new battery saver mode that will save power by reducing performance and most background data operations to extend your battery life.
  • Smarter Internet Connections: With Android Lollipop, your phone will not connect to a Wi-Fi access point unless there is a verified Internet connection. This feature improves hand-offs between Wi-Fi and cellular connections, helping to maintain your video chat or voice-over-IP (VoIP) call as you switch.
  • Performance: Your phone now uses the new Android Runtime to help optimize application performance.  After upgrading to Lollipop, your applications will undergo a one-time optimization process.  Note that the optimization for ART requires more space.
  • Security: Encryption can now use a stronger 256-bit key to help protect your data.  Note that the stronger key willonly be used after you perform a factory reset on Android Lollipop.  Otherwise encryption will continue to use 128-bit key.  You can turn on encryption in the Security settings menu.

As is customary with all manufacturer updates, the upgrade is being rolled out in stages, but if you don’t feel like waiting for a notification confirming that it’s ready for your Core Prime, you could always search for the update manually.

 

 

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11
May

Android 5.1.1 OTA update and factory image now available to download and flash for the Nexus 9 Wi-Fi


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Google has finally pushed the Android 5.1.1 update to Nexus 9 Wi-Fi devices. The factory image was already posted and now we have the link to the official over-the-air update as well.

Flashing the OTA is probably your easiest method since you don’t have to lose your data. However, you need to make sure you are on Android 5.0.2 (version LRX22L) before you can do it. Android 5.0.2 was already pushed about a week or so ago, so if you won’t have it, you will need to flash that OTA update first. You can also opt for flashing the factory image, but you will lose your data if your Nexus 9 doesn’t have an unlocked bootloader.

Whichever route you decide to go with, make sure to hit up our extensive guides. Click here for flashing the factory image or here for flashing the OTA update. If you already know what you’re doing, just hit up the links below.

OTA update links

Nexus 9 (volantis) From LRXxx2 to LRX22L (5.0.2)

Nexus 9 (volantis) From LRX22L to LMY47X (5.1.1)

Factory Image link

Nexus 9 (volantis) 5.1.1

 

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11
May

Sennheiser pulls Momentum Wireless headphones after Bluetooth issues


Sennheiser’s Momentum headphones have been a staff favorite here at Engadget for a while. When the company announced a wireless version at CES, I was eager to get my hands on a pair for review. Unfortunately, when listening to music with the Bluetooth headphones and using an Apple Magic Mouse with my MacBook Air, I noticed regular music drop outs — almost every time I moved my mouse. As it turns out, I wasn’t the only one. After what Sennheisers says is a “small number” of customer complaints, it stopped production and shipment of the Momentum Wireless until the issue is fixed. Of course, stopping production tells me there’s a big problem, but the company maintains the cases are “limited.” In addition to interruptions when playing tunes, users experienced issues trying to make calls, too. Sennheiser explained the culprit could be a number of factors that prey on wireless connections, which could include anything from interference to signal strength that can’t handle high-traffic areas.

The audio woes I experienced with the Momentum Wireless are limited to the Bluetooth connectivity. When I plug the headphones into my laptop or phone directly, the audio is just as pristine as what I heard back in Vegas. It’s really good. However, this model is pricier than the wired cans at $500, so you’re really splurging to use ’em sans cable. As you might expect, Sennheiser is hard at work on a solution and folks that think they may have a defective unit can return it. They’re still under the original two-year warranty since they just recently gone on sale. The company is reviewing each complaint on a case-by-case basis to determine which environments are causing the tech to not function properly. That being said, I’ll hold any detailed impressions until the set I have is swapped out for a working pair.

Think you might have an issue with yours? Contact Sennheiser to get it sorted out.

Filed under: Portable Audio/Video

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11
May

Self-driving cars involved minor accidents, but don’t blame the tech


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Since California began issuing permits for self-driving car tests on public roads last fall, four out of nearly 50 vehicles had minor accidents. According to an Associated Press report, three of the four were Google’s Lexus SUVs outfitted with Delphi’s autonomous technology. The fourth was a test vehicle owned by Delphi. In half of the fender benders, the cars were in control when the accident occurred, and all of them happened at speeds of under 10 MPH. Most importantly, all four cases resulted in minor damage and no injuries. Due to the state’s privacy laws, the report doesn’t indicate any further details — like if they happened while backing out of a parking space, for example.

In a blog post today, Google’s self-driving project head Chris Urmson explained that in its six years, the project has seen 11 accidents — all of them with light damage and no injuries. What’s more, Urmson notes none of the accidents were caused by the self-driving technology that has piloted nearly a million miles. “If you spend enough time on the road, accidents will happen whether you’re in a car or a self-driving car,” Urmson said. As you may recall, Florida, Michigan and Nevada also license companies to test self-driving cars on publish highways. Thus far, no accidents have been reported in those states.

[Image credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images]

Filed under: Transportation, Google

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Via: Autoblog

Source: CNBC

11
May

Hunt dinosaurs and craft tools while stranded naked on ‘ARK’ island


ARK: Survival Evolved begins with a simple premise: You’re stranded on an island, naked, cold and hungry, and you must survive. Also, there are dinosaurs. And other survivors. And… dragons? (Maybe it’s not so simple after all). ARK is an open-world, first-person survival game, where players roam around an island occupied by dinosaurs and other legendary creatures, building tools out of natural resources, growing crops, researching technology and hunting for food — or for sport. Every creature in the game is able to be “tamed” and the first screenshots show people riding around on the backs of dinosaurs. Awesome. Once it launches, play with friends in the same room or with hundreds of people online on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 (with full Morpheus VR support!) or Steam — ARK goes live on Steam Early Access on June 2. Check out the game’s announcement trailer below.

Filed under: Gaming, HD

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11
May

AT&T’s first self-branded tablet is built for the budget crowd


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Hey, Verizon: you’re not the only US carrier that can play the in-house tablet game. AT&T has unveiled the Trek HD, the network’s first self-branded slate. The 8-inch Android design isn’t exactly flagship-class, but it might hit the spot if you want LTE data on the cheap. You’re getting a modest 1.6GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, 5-megapixel rear and 2-megapixel front cameras, 16GB of expandable storage and an 8-hour battery. It does ship with Lollipop out of the box, though, and the price is certainly right — you’re looking at $50 on contract, or $200 over a 20-month installment plan. If all you want is a way to check Facebook when you’re on vacation, you’ll probably be fine.

Filed under: Tablets, Mobile, AT&T

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Source: AT&T

11
May

How I nearly became hooked on a $335 laptop bag


When I was first approached about checking out the WaterField Designs $335 Rough Rider messenger bag, it occurred to me that I’ve never written about something as decidedly non-technical before. Let’s face it: When I plop down my case and begin unloading my work stuff, my focus has always been on the contents, not the vessel. But once the bag arrived, I realized this San Francisco outfit doesn’t just peddle any old type of gear; its handmade leather goods (crafted in the US, to boot) are something truly special. Still, coming from a world of ultra-padded messengers, I was worried if it would be quite good enough to do the job. So I broke up with my cushy day-to-day bag and switched to this all-leather interloper to see how I’d fare.

The bag’s sides, back and front flap are made entirely from heavy-grade distressed leather. In fact, the monstrous Campbell Lockstitch sewing machine that zips the bags together is what first caught my eye. I’d heard that it was serious enough to pound through the bag’s multilayer seams and even a hapless penny that dared get in the way. As it turns out, I received a sample of its stitching prowess that proved just that — which now dangles proudly from my bag’s shoulder strap. Speaking of, the strap is fashioned out of a woven, extendable seatbelt-like mesh with a soft leather floating pad to keep you comfy. Under the two-position, front button-down flap are two stretchy neoprene pockets and a couple more waxed canvas pockets on the inside of the bag. Finishing the outside is a thick leather handle that’s riveted to the upper portion of the bag through a thick piece of stiffening material to prevent it from sagging when carried from the top.


What’s immediately apparent about the WaterField bags are the little design touches that make them both useful and all kinds of beautiful. For example, you can customize the fabric color of the front pockets during the ordering process, and with the bag closed, they’re almost completely hidden except for a small sliver popping out below the front panel. The straps are anchored at an angle and are connected to the front of the satchel, so that while wearing it, it tends to hold the bag against your hip rather than dangling in space. The leather’s finish marks up really easily, but only serves to make the bag look even better as it wears in. It’s also the only bag I’ve worn that’s gotten me multiple compliments in a day.

It’s not an enormous catchall bag, though, but that’s not to say it’s tiny and can’t hold most everything I need in the average day. A tablet, laptop, charging gear, a paper notebook, snack and a paperback all fit snugly, but perfectly well. WaterField produces both 13-inch and 15-inch versions. I’m using the former, and while it can fit a 15-inch MacBook in a pinch, it’s definitely a cramped fit. The 15-inch model, by the way, is slightly more expensive at $355.

If I have any complaints (other than the price), it’s that the bag could do with a softened pocket for laptops and some type of cinching mechanism to close up the inside. I carry my laptop in a sleeve to keep it from getting beaten up during my typical workday, and the bag accommodates that sleeve with ease. That said, having this built in would be a definite plus. Also, typical of any narrow messenger bag, it doesn’t stand up on its own very well at all. I tend to lay it down when using it if there’s nothing handy to lean it up against. A couple times, I’ve had coins trickle out the side and onto the floor when I wasn’t particularly careful putting it down. A zipper or Velcro or something would be useful to keep your gear in the bag.

The Rough Rider is functional, wonderful to look at and built to last forever. It’s the nicest bag I’ve ever had; I can say that without any hesitation. It could pass as my grandfather’s wartime satchel, but on the flip side, with its modern touches, it’s perfectly suited to toting your equally high-end gear. Yes, it’s expensive, but if you’re in the market for a bag of this caliber — one that could well last the rest of your natural life — the price isn’t too far out there.

Filed under: Peripherals, Wearables

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11
May

Motorola Droid Turbo now available for just $499 off contract [Deal]


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The Motorola Droid Turbo from Verizon is a remarkable device. However, this handset was also slightly heavy on the users’ wallets. But that changes today with the smartphone getting its largest price reduction ever.

The 32GB base model of the Verizon Droid Turbo can now be yours for just $499.99. And if you’re looking to get the 64GB variant of the device in the Ballistic Nylon skin, you will have to shell out $549.99, which is still a pretty good deal for a device with a 2K resolution display and a 3,900 mAh battery on the inside.

Motorola announced yesterday that the handset would be directly upgraded to Android 5.1, with the handset currently running Android 5.0 Lollipop, so the fact that it’s running Android 4.4 out of the box shouldn’t be concerning for the users.

Source: Verizon (Black or Red) (Ballistic Nylon)
Via: Droid Life

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