So what’s new in Android 5.0.2 Lollipop? Along with dozens of aesthetic changes like the move to Google’s Material Design and improved animations, a number of under the hood changes are present as well. The tablet will now run on the Android Runtime (ART) by default, and will also receive some new security features. Additionally, the tablet will get an improved quick settings menu, actionable lock screen notifications and more. If you’re interested, check out the full changelog below.
Android 5.0.2 Operating System update which includes Lollipop 5.0 and the additional enhancements:
- “Quick Settings” updated
- Additional animations to the 5.0 update
- Improved notifications
- Device Protection: More protection for lost/stolen devices. Lost or stolen device will remain locked until user signs in with their Google account – even if someone erases the device using the factory data reset option in settings.
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The update is just now rolling out, so it may take a few days to get to everyone. To check for the update manually, head to Settings>General>About device>Software update>Check for updates.
Anyone with an iPhone 4S or newer knows how to use Siri. Even if you’ve never used the “Hey Siri” feature on iOS 8, you can probably figure it out fairly easily. However, on a completely different device, like Apple Watch, accessing Siri may need a little bit of extra training.
If you are having trouble getting Siri to activate, we’ve got a tutorial that may help shed some light on how to get her attention. Plus with one simple question, you can find out everything that your personal assistant can help you with on Apple Watch
Using “Hey Siri”
You can get Siri’s attention by raising your wrist and speaking the words “Hey Siri” within range of Apple Watch. You can also ask follow up questions the same way.
If you have experienced problems getting the Hey Siri feature to work, there are a couple of factors that may be keeping her from responding.
First of all, if you navigated to the watch face by pressing the Digital Crown from another view, like the Home screen, Hey Siri won’t work. It also doesn’t work if you are in the Glances screen.
Instead, you will have to lower your wrist until the Apple Watch screen goes to sleep. Then, wake Apple Watch by lifting your wrist again. Then, say “Hey Siri” to activate your personal assistant.
You can use Hey Siri while you are viewing an app, in the Notifications screen, or on the Home screen. But if you are having trouble getting her attention, try the steps above.
One other reason that you may be having trouble using Hey Siri is if the microphone is blocked. Apple Watch’s microphone is on the side of the casing, so if you have a bulky jacket sleeve up against the side where the mic is, it may muffle your voice.
AT&T is currently rolling out the Android 5.0.2 update to all its carrier-branded variants of the Galaxy Tab S 10.5 in the U.S. This upgrade transports the latest build of Lollipop, as well as a truckload 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 Galaxy Tab S 10.5, you could always search for the update manually.
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If we tell you that YouTube is going to replace KitKat and not Lollipop, would you say that we’ve gone nuts? Well, fret not as Google is joining forces with Nestlé to launch ‘YouTube Break’ that will replace classic KitKat logo on over 600,000 limited edition packs.
This is the biggest redesign of the KitKat wrapper since the brand came to market 80 years ago. The popular chunky bars will come with 72 different types of advertisement designs and 100 million bars will be produced over the course of the campaign. Additionally, 400 limited edition bars will be produced.
As part of their joint venture, searching “KitKat YouTube my break” on phones will lead users to a KitKat video followed by a playlist of the latest top four trending YouTube videos.
“With half of YouTube views now on mobile devices, ‘YouTube my break’ is a fun way for more people to interact on the channel and enjoy the best videos available. With up to 300 hours of video content uploaded to YouTube every minute, the top trending videos are likely to be changing all the time, making each new search as exciting as the last,” said David Black, MD Branding & Consumer Markets, Google UK said.
It is notable that the KitKat Youtube break initiative comes after Google named its Android operating system 4.4 update ‘KitKat’ after the well-known Nestlé brand.
If you wanted, say, acting lessons from Dustin Hoffman, you’d probably have to write a check that’s bigger than the Empire State Building to make it happen. That’s why Masterclass has such an appealing idea, a video-based tutorial site where, unlike those videos on YouTube, the teachers are the best in their field. In addition to acting classes taken by Hoffman, users can opt for tennis coaching from Serena Williams or photography lessons from Annie Leibovitz.
Each Masterclass costs $90, and for that you’ll get up to three hours of video-based lessons as well as a series of interactive exercises to carry out. In the Hoffman classes, that’ll include being matched with nearby students to try out scenes, upload the results and gain feedback from your classmates on the web. For the James Patterson course in writing, you’ll also receive teaching materials that include some of the writer’s early drafts to see how his novels developed. Online learning is a big industry, and it’s likely to get bigger as more people try to better themselves without paying the fees for MIT or Harvard. The draw of learning your craft with a celebrity will probably help, too.
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There are already computer chips with brain-like functions, but having them perform brain-like tasks? That’s another challenge altogether. Researchers at UC Santa Barbara aren’t daunted, however — they’ve used a basic, 100-synapse neural circuit to perform the typical human task of image classification for the first time. The memristor-based technology (which, by its nature, behaves like an ‘analog’ brain) managed to identify letters despite visual noise that complicated the task, much as you would spot a friend on a crowded street. Conventional computers can do this, but they’d need a much larger, more power-hungry chip to replicate the same pseudo-organic behavior.
This is far from ushering in truly complex neural computers that replicate human intelligence down to a tee. You’d need many more artificial synapses to achieve tasks that require a subtler understanding of what’s going on, like recognizing what should be in a scene based on what’s there. That should only be a matter of time, though, and the scientists believe there’s an interim step in the near future where a memristor network pairs with a traditional processor to perform more sophisticated tasks. Don’t be surprised if you eventually see phones with genuinely smart navigation apps, or medical imaging systems that identify conditions which would otherwise be hard to find.
[Image credit: Sonia Fernandez]
Filed under: Science
Source: UC Santa Barbara
Last we heard of BitTorrent’s chat client, Bleep, it was just debuting. Today the news is that the secure messaging client is moving from open alpha to a release aimed at the general Android and iOS owning public. With it comes peer-to-peer messaging with the ability to communicate — even sending messages to friends who are offline — no servers required, which theoretically means no threat of hacking. Perhaps the biggest new feature is an ephemeral option called “whispers” for evaporating messages. Unlike Snapchat, though, you can choose on a message by message basis which texts or photos you send will evaporate after 25 seconds. It isn’t an all or nothing affair here. And to further distance itself from the ghostly messaging service, you can even send these from a computer. BitTorrent says with whispers you can swap back and forth between them and normal messages seamlessly without breaking the flow of conversation too.
There’s protection against screenshotting too. Say a pal captures a particularly sensitive back-and-forth that you’d rather not see the light of day. In that case, usernames are blocked out, but text remains. If they want to reveal who was in on the conversation, only the usernames show and the conversation blurs out. The outfit stresses that both the text and usernames won’t be viewable simultaneously, as you can see below.
Free, end-to-end encrypted calling is on offer as well in case you want to keep your voice conversations private too. Maybe best of all? The firm says that no personal information is required to sign up, all you need to do to use the client is supply a username.
We’ve been hearing plenty about the “Internet of Things” (IoT) lately, but despite all the hype there’s still a sore lack of compelling connected gadgetry for you to buy. Now Samsung hopes to change that with Artik, its new platform meant to make it easier for developers to build IoT solutions. To kick things off, Samsung is debuting three new IoT modules: Artik 1, a tiny 12mm device with Bluetooth and a nine-axis movement sensor; Artik 5, which runs a faster 1 gigahertz dual-core processor and on-board storage; and Artik 10, which is powered by an octa-core processor, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. The latter also includes Wi-Fi and Zigbee connectivity, which means it should play nicely with plenty of existing IoT equipment. All of the Artik hardware includes a secure-element, which should help lock things down better than software encryption, and Samsung’s also providing an IoT software stack so developers can get up and running quickly. And while the Artik platform is technically open, Samsung’s also pushing its cloud services heavily to developers.
“By leveraging Samsung’s high-volume manufacturing, advanced silicon process and packaging technologies, and extensive ecosystem, ARTIK allows developers to rapidly turn great ideas into market leading IoT products and applications,” Young Sohn, president and chief strategy officer of Samsung Electronics, said in a statement.
Samsung’s been dabbling with the world of connected devices for some time: Last year it bought the IoT company SmartThings for $200 million, and it’s also been highlighting connected gadgets at CES and other events for the past few years. It was only a matter of time until Samsung debuted something like Artik. After all, Samsung’s made a big business out of being the center for new gadget markets, be it developing memory modules for PCs, or LCDs displays for computer monitors and HDTVs. There’s certainly a need for something like Artik in the tech world, but Samsung faces some stiff competition from Qualcomm, whose mobile chips have powered the entire mobile revolution.
True story: our very own Tim Seppala worked as a car mechanic for 12 years. He was a bodyman, or an auto collision tech if you want to get fancy. The short version is that the man knows how to tear apart your busted ’89 Toyota Cellica after a wreck, get it looking pretty and make sure all the machine parts are working. Does that mean he’ll be able to dive right into RedDot’s Car Mechanic Simulator 2015, the game that is precisely what it sounds like? We’ll find out when he streams it live today at 3:30PM ET.
Join us at 3:30PM ET in this post, on Engadget.com/gaming and on Twitch.tv/Joystiq as Tim Seppala applies his expertise to playing a video game about fixing cars. Will he rage against the confines of its digital artifice or praise its accuracy? How many references to Drive can we make in 90 minutes? You’ll have to watch to find out.
If you enjoy the stream, make sure to follow us on Twitch.tv/Joystiq!
[We’re playing Car Mechanic Simulator 2015 on PC streamed at 720p through OBS.]
Four devices, some unannounced at this time, were name-dropped by Evan Blass on Twitter with Verizon being among their destinations. The companies sending their devices to Big Red include Sony, LG, HTC, and Apple.
Blass named the Xperia Z4, G Pad X 8.3, Desire 526, and iPad Mini 4 as the devices on their way to Verizon. Both the Xperia Z4 and Desire 526 are devices that have been made public. The Xperia Z4 was named Sony’s flagship device moving forward with decent specifications and HTC’s Desire 526 currently exists in India as an entry-level option.
The G Pad X 8.3 and iPad Mini 4, though, remain in the dark. The latter two tablets will be replacing the G Pad 8.3 and iPad Mini 3 in Verizon’s tablet lineup.
Source: Evan Blass (Twitter)
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