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23
May

Deal: Last chance to grab the IDrive 1TB Hard Drive and 10TB of Cloud Backup Bundle for $97 (79% off)


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If you need the most storage you can get without breaking the bank, the AA Deals Store has a pretty sweet deal going on right now. This massive storage bundle comes with a 1TB wireless external hard drive and 10TB of IDrive Pro cloud backup storage. That’s a total of 11TB of storage for just $97! But if you’re interested, you’d better act fast… this deal ends soon!

The IDrive Wi-Fi Wireless 1TB Hard Drive allows you to backup important files, pictures, videos and more without dealing with internet lag. The benefits to using an external hard drive is that they can produce your data faster than a cloud backup can. The data on this drive is encrypted with 256-bit AES encryption to protect your information if it gets stolen. The best part? It’s completely wireless, so you can transfer files with ease, without having to plug it in or deal with any wires.

This storage bundle also comes with 10TB of IDrive Pro Personal Cloud Backup for one year. If you’ve never used cloud storage in the past, the main benefit is having instant access to all of your information from anywhere at anytime. The service is compatible with just about every mobile device out there, including Android, Windows, Mac and iOS.

The Android Authority Deals Store is offering this bundle for just $97 (79% off), which is one heck of a deal. The promotion ends at midnight tonight, so head to the link below before it’s too late!

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23
May

Spotify evolves into 24-hour entertainment resource


With Apple’s yearly Developer Conference around the corner, and everyone expecting to see some type of Beats Music integration announced, Spotify has been pulling out all the stops to keep its’ customers around, as well as trying to entice some new ones. Spotify has recently launched a sweet deal for new Premium subscribers, and this week have announced a series of changes that will be taking place for their subscribers. Spotify is aiming to be your end-all-be-all source for just about everything media related.

We are on a mission. With over 25 billion listening hours under the hood since our launch seven years ago, we’re obsessed with figuring out how to bring music into every part of your life, wherever you are, whatever you’re doing, whatever your mood. More than ever, you’re telling us what you want: the best music to fit your mood and moment mixed with great entertainment throughout your day. We understand that how music fits into your life is as powerful as the music itself. So today we’re rolling out a richer mobile music experience built around your day, bringing you the music you love when you need it most.

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Once the Spotify app is updated, users will immediately see some of the new features that Spotify is bringing to its 40 million subscribers. The Now Start page is where all of the curated playlists will be housed. Spotify has also tweaked the application to learn what you like, so that it will be easier for you to find the right music for whatever type of mood you are in.

Spotify has also introduced Spotify Running with Nike+ integration. Due to the amount of users that Spotify has, they figured that more than just a few were taking advantage of the music selection and playlist creation while their users went for a run. Spotify Running is geared to match your tempo, step for step, and help you “go the extra mile.” Once you’ve started running, Spotify will recognize that your tempo has gone up and will help match songs up to help pump you up.

Next up on the docket for the latest changes to Spotify, is the addition of video clips and audio shows (or podcasts) to your subscription. You will be able to switch up from just listening to music all day, and either catch up on today’s news, or listen to your favorite podcast. All of this is available from directly within the Spotify app, so you will be able to get rid of any other apps that you have on your device that serve a specific purpose.

If you were worried about just catching some random news clips from somewhere that you’ve barely heard of, don’t worry. Spotify will have content from the following sources available right within the application:

  • ABC
  • BBC
  • Comedy Central
  • ESPN
  • NBC
  • TED
  • Vice News

In order to accommodate for these changes, Spotify has announced that they will be rolling out the updated application to other platforms in the near future. iOS users have already begun to see their applications updated with the latest features provided through Spotify, so Android users really shouldn’t be far behind. I will say, being able to have a hub for my music, podcasts, sports news, and regular news, will be extremely useful, so I can’t wait for this to roll out for Android users. It’s only a matter of time before the rollout begins to those who are not tied to iOS whatsoever, but as a premium subscriber, I’m excited to have all of these things readily available in just one application.

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23
May

Daimler and Qualcomm team up on connected car tech


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Car companies aren’t usually good at wireless tech, and wireless companies aren’t great with cars — if you want to make wireless-savvy vehicles, you’ll probably need some teamwork. Accordingly, Daimler and Qualcomm have forged a partnership that should improve connected cars. The first phase of this collaboration will focus on bringing cellular data and wireless electric car charging to your ride. They’re not saying when they expect to bring their combined efforts to market, or what comes next. With that said, it won’t be shocking if you’re one day driving an electric Mercedes that’s always online and never needs to plug in.

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23
May

Skully debuts AR helmet app while navigating delays


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Skully CEO Marcus Weller stood in front of an crowd of customers that shelled out $1,500 to be one of the first recipients of the company’s helmet with a heads up display and rear-facing camera to answer their questions. A few weeks ago Weller sent those backers a video message explaining that their helmets would be delayed until the fall. Now he was about to talk to those people face to face to address their concerns and show off the helmet’s companion app for the first time. It’s a talk he’s prepared to give in multiple cities around the world.

It’s hard to point to a crowdfunding campaign that’s shipped on time. Pebble and Oculus Rift were both late. Regardless of the reasons why something is delayed, backers get angry and sometimes those running the campaign disappear behind updates, mass emails and Facebook posts. Weller didn’t do that, he told Engadget, “people online chewed me a new one and rightfully so.”

Weller decided to explain why the Skully was being delayed directly to his customers with a two week world tour traveling to seven cities including New York, Boston, London and Sydney. “You know what, these people backed us. They put $1,500 down a significant amount of time in advance and I want to go meet them. I want to thank them for that.” Weller said. “If they have complaints or are upset about the shipping, I want to address it face-to-face.”

The first event was in San francisco. After answering a bunch of technical questions about the camera, display and battery a backer finally asked the question every had on their mind, “when will it ship?” After the laughter died down, Weller told the room, “I don’t want to tell you something that will make you feel warm and fuzzy.” The helmet will ship to all backers by the end of the year. Weller told Engadget that those shipments will begin in the fall.

Weller says that part of the reason the for the delay is that the company has invested in manufacturing. The helmets will be built in the Flextronics factory in Milpitas in Silicon Valley. But there’s also this desire to make to keep making it better.

The helmet will now get a carbon fiber inlay on the inside to enhance crash protection. Considering the idea of the helmet was born out of an accident, it’s not hard to see why the team is willing to hold off a launch to safeguard the brains of its customers. The finished device will be DOT and ECE (the MotoGP standard) safety certified. “Our helmet is an extremely safe helmet. It vastly surpasses what we need to do from a shock absorption perspective,” said Weller. “When we ship this, it will be the most complex consumer device on the planet.”

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Hyperbole aside, the app demoed at the San Francisco event, like the helmet itself, is still a work in progress. It currently syncs routes you’ve saved in the app to the helmet. If a rider finds themselves outside of cell range, the app will continue to offer turn-by-turn directions. It also works with Spotify and will automatically start playing your favorite playlist when you put on the Skully. The app was shown to people while they demoed the helmet and frankly, they didn’t seem to care that much. They were far more interested in the helmet itself and for good reason.

I tried the helmet this week. As a daily rider on the hectic roads of San Francisco, its benefits are immediately apparent. You can see what’s coming up behind you and that’s amazing. But it’s not quite there yet. When you’re riding a motorcycle, for the sake of safety, any additional element you add to that ride needs to be out of beta. It needs to be ready.

Weller and Skully want to be ready. The company wants to launch the safest and most technologically advanced helmet on the planet in the fall. If not, Weller might be back on the road again.

Filed under: Misc, Peripherals, Wearables, Software

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23
May

Rounds app review


For all that has changed for us as a civilization, from having super fast automobiles to very intelligent computers, one thing stands out the most, our means of communication. It was not so long ago that we were astounded by the fact that we could actually talk to someone across the street using nothing but a machine, let alone send a video and speak to them almost face to face. Yes, it truly is a great time to be alive (if you like technology and stuff). Well, there really can be too much of a good thing though, as  you cannot log into any app store without seeing a plethora of messaging apps that all do very similar things, in different ways. So it can be hard to find the dimaong among the coals. Well, thankfully for all of us, I specialize in finding diamonds in piles of rocks. (Sometimes I even find two diamonds!) Today we are taking a look at the Rounds messaging app to see if it should be your next app download.

Design

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Starting with the design, Rounds keeps a very minimalistic approach. When you frist download the app, you are greeted with some colorful graphics and prompt you to log in to your Facebook to get started. Once that process is complete, you are taken to another page where you are asked to add your friends to your Rounds contacts list. What ultimately ends up happening, since they would have to be using the Rounds app to be able to use it, is that Rounds will send out a mass message to all of your Facebook friends asking them to download the app. Since you all have to be using the app to make calls and send messages to ane another. All of which are free.

After you finish doing that, there really is nothing left to do but start making calls. There is a menu on-screen button on the upper left-hand corner that hold are the available actions for the app. On it you will find your friends contact list, so you can make private video calls, the option to make a group video call, send messages, find more friends and the advanced settings menu. All of wich preceded by a colorful menu button on an overall blackish gray background. Not the pretties app, but it gets the job

Functionality

After you finish setting things up, you are ready to make your frist phone call. I sent a request to one of my friends and asked to download the app. After they finished yelling at me for always asking them to download stuff, I was ready to show him my always happy mug over our smartphones. We made a call using the app, and everything went without a hitch. There were a few moments where things appeared to lag a bit, but it could have been the fact that he does not have good reception in his area. I was able to hear him perfectly over the other line and the image quality was great. We both have flagships devices though, so you may see image degradation if the front facing camera on your smartphone is not able to capture HD quality video.  Some of the things that make using the ORunds apps such an interesting experience are all of the video effects that you can use when making video calls. Not something that I personally would find myself using a lot, but they do make for some fun times.

After we finished our video chat, we used the text messaging system included in the Rounds apps. Messages were sent of quikcly, with no issues. THere are some stickers that come with the text messaging part of Rounds, but other than that, it functions like any other messaging service.

Final Thoughts

Rounds is a good app for those that are always looking to try new things. It does what other messaging services do, with some added functionality thrown in the mix. If you are already in love with an app, there is little reason for you to switch over. For those of you that have been using the stock messaging services that come with your smartphones and are looking to expand on that a bit though, Rounds is a great app that should definitely be on your top priority list to try out.

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23
May

Virtual reality’s roller coaster ride to the mainstream


In the early ’90s, four odd-looking arcade games appeared at a rented-out store in my local mall. For about seven dollars, anyone could stop in and play three minutes of a new virtual reality game called Dactyl Nightmare. I paid up, put on the massive helmet… and then the game was over before I’d even figured out what I was doing in the blocky, chessboard-like environment. The whole experience left a lot to be desired and I never went back. It certainly wasn’t the first VR experience (or the most advanced) made available for public consumption, but it sums up how many felt about the ill-fated, first wave of consumer-facing VR projects: all hype and not enough substance. The times and technology have changed, though, and it’s finally time for round two. VR systems are being developed and promoted at a rate that outstrips the previous era, with better graphics and games (and far less queasiness) than ever before. VR, it seems, is just about ready for prime time. So to commemorate its second coming, let’s take a look at virtual reality’s bumpy road to mainstream recognition.

[Image: AP Photo/Mark Cowan]

Filed under: Gaming, Wearables, HD, Sony, Google

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23
May

How to Set Up Apple Pay on Apple Watch [iOS Blog]


passbookapplewatchapplepayApple restricted Apple Pay to the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus due to the need for an NFC chip that’s not included in older phones, which means Apple Pay has been limited to those with newer iPhones since it debuted in October of 2014.

One of the major perks of the Apple Watch is that it enables Apple Pay for some older iPhones because it has the same NFC chip that’s in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. If you have an Apple Watch and an iPhone 5, 5c, or 5s, you can now use Apple Pay and the watch to make secure purchases in retail locations.

For those of you who haven’t had a chance to use Apple Pay, we’ve written up a tutorial that walks through how to set it up on your watch.

Setting Up Apple Pay

How to Apple Pay on Apple Watch 5Even if you are already using Apple Pay on iPhone 6, you will need to add your credit and debit cards to Apple Pay for Apple Watch. You can add up to eight cards.

  1. Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone and then select My Watch.
  2. Select Passbook and Apple Pay.
  3. Tap “Add Credit or Debit Card.
  4. Apple will automatically ask you to enter the security code of the credit card that is on file for iTunes and the App Store. If you don’t want to use this card, select “Add a different credit or debit card.”
  5. When the camera viewfinder appears, position your credit or debit card inside the frame. The app will scan the card for relevant information.
  6. If the card does not automatically scan, you can enter the information manually.

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Once the card is added, you will see that it is listed as “activating.” When it has been activated, you will receive a notification on Apple Watch that the card is ready for Apple Pay.

Using Apple Pay

When you are ready, head out to one of the participating retail stores. At checkout, simply open Passbook and Apple Pay app on Apple Watch and select the card you wish to use.

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When prompted, you will double-click the Side button (the button normally used to access your favorite contacts list). Make sure you are close to the reader so it will register your Apple Watch via near-field communication.

Deleting Credit Cards

You can remove credit cards from Apple Pay through the app on Apple Watch. Tap to select the card, then firm press to delete it from the list. You can also remove a card using the Apple Watch app on the iPhone.

If Your Apple Watch is Lost or Stolen

Since Apple hasn’t yet added Find My Apple Watch, you should probably first start by deleting your credit card information from Apple Watch

  1. Sign into your account via icloud.com.
  2. Select Settings, then My Devices.
  3. Choose Apple Watch and click Remove All.
  4. You can also put a hold on your cards by calling your bank or credit card issuer directly.

Using Passbook

applewatchusingpassbookWithin the same app, you can use your Passbook loyalty and gift cards. Set up cards on your iPhone using the Passbook App.

When you are near the location of a store that you have a card saved in Passbook for, you will receive a notification on Apple Watch. Tap the notification to open Passbook and scroll to the relevant card. When ready, show the barcode on Apple Watch to the employee that will be scanning your card.

If you rearrange or delete old cards on Passbook on your iPhone, all changes will be reflected on Apple Watch.

Apple’s contactless payment service uses a security feature that creates a unique Device Account Number that is assigned to cards once they are installed in Apple Pay. These encrypted card numbers, as well as a transaction-specific dynamic security code, are used at payment kiosks instead of your actual credit card numbers. So, not only is your transaction safer from hacking issues, but your personal information is no longer transmitted to the merchant.




23
May

Recommended Reading: Why do we hate CGI so much?


Recommended Reading highlights the best long-form writing on technology and more in print and on the web. Some weeks, you’ll also find short reviews of books that we think are worth your time. We hope you enjoy the read.

Why VFX Is Being Vilified
by Raqi Syed & Sonya Teich
Motherboard

By now, you’ve heard someone complain about the prevalence of visual effects in movies. Perhaps you’ve groaned about it yourself. Sure, there are varying degrees of execution, and some of the results that made the final cut have been downright awful. Take Avengers: Age of Ultron for example. The film was a massive success at the box office, but critics griped about the role visual effects played in the bulk of the action. Is all the post-production to blame for ruining movies?

Letterman’s Musical Legacy
Paul de Revere, Pitchfork

David Letterman’s decades-spanning run on CBS’ Late Show came to an end this week, but his impact on music remains. On top of hosting some stellar performances from big-name acts, Letterman also provided a stage that introduced unknown artists to the world.

Selling the Young on ‘Gaming Fuel’
Hilary Stout, The New York Times

Can getting hyped up on energy drinks make you a better gamer? The makers of G Fuel certainly think so. The beverage is being marketed as a way to keep focus and increase endurance during marathon gaming sessions.

Talking Turntable
Stephen Phillips, Shorthand Social

Remember Turntable.fm? The popular DJ-based music site shut down to focus on live events in 2013 and this interview with creator Billy Chasen offers a look at what went wrong.

‘Game of Thrones’ has a Pretty Serious Villain Problem this Season
Ben Kuchera, Polygon

Yep, this article contains massive spoilers, so best to avoid it unless you’re caught up. That being said, Ben Kuchera hits on some points about what’s missing this season.

[Image credit: Marvel]

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23
May

Ecocapsules are pint-sized solar and wind-powered micro homes


Ecocapsule is a small, egg-shaped abode that could be the perfect home for someone who wants to let it all go like Elsa and live off the grid. Its roof is decked with 600W solar cells and a built-in 750W wind turbine that store the energy they harness into a high-power battery. The structure’s shape also allows its inhabitant to collect rainwater by placing containers around it. Since it measures just 14.6 feet long by 7.4 feet wide by 8.4 feet tall, anyone who isn’t into tiny houses (and we do mean tiny houses) might feel more than a bit claustrophobic inside. Its designers, Nice Architects from Slovakia, made good use of every inch of interior space, though, fitting in a folding bed, a small kitchen, a dining area, a shower and flushable toilet, and even some storage space.

The company doesn’t have a price for the Ecocapsule yet, but it’s presenting one at the Pioneers festival in Vienna later this month and taking pre-orders by the end of 2015. By the looks of it, Nice Architects is willing to ship out the capsules overseas, so long as buyers are willing to pay the rather hefty shipping price (around $2,400 from Slovakia to New York). Once it arrives, the new owner can take the 1,500-pound micro home anywhere he wants.

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Via: CNET, Inhabitat

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23
May

Artist adds poop emoji to selfie sticks to remind us of mortality


As depressing as it may be, selfie sticks are inescapable despite how many places ban them. It’s a sad truth of the future we live in. But! An enterprising artist by the name of Pablo Garcia has figured out a way to “reduce vainglory and self-importance” by adding pixely emoji to the reviled smartphone accessory. It’s a bit more difficult than it looks, though. Garcia says he employed elements of anamorphosis, a technique to distort an image so that it’s only visible from a specific angle, to make sure the smiling pile of poop, thumbs up and party horn appear correctly when shot from the smartphone’s extended perspective. Is there some bigger message or implication here? “Perhaps it’s a sober reminder of your mortality in the midst of your vainglory, or simply a pile of poop with eyes,” Garcia writes. There you have it folks: sometimes a rose really is just a (smelly) rose.

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