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May

Deal: Pick up a Nexus Player from the Google Store for just $79 ($20 off)


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If you’re looking for a better way to consume media content on your television, you can now pick up a Nexus Player, the first Android TV set-top box, from the Google Store for just $79 ($20 off). We’re not exactly sure if this price cut is permanent or not, but this is still a great deal either way.

This discount comes just a few days before Google I/O 2015 begins, interestingly enough. We have yet to hear any rumors regarding a new Nexus Player being in the works, but we wouldn’t be surprised if we saw some new Android TV-powered hardware at the developer conference this week.

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Just to be clear, the bundle being offered in the Google Store only comes with the set-top box and the remote. You’ll still need to pay $40 more to get the Nexus Player Gamepad. If you’re looking to save a bit more money, Amazon is still selling the Nexus Player and remote for a few dollars cheaper at around $73.

Head to the link below if you’re interested.

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26
May

Google to create ‘universal access for people with disabilities’


One billion people worldwide live with a physical or developmental disability. And for those in developing nations, many of these disabilities dictate a life of social and economic marginalization. But Google’s doing something about it. The company announced Tuesday that it is funding a $20 million grant for its latest Impact Challenge, one aimed at making the world more accessible for those with disabilities.

Specifically, the new Google Impact: Disabilities program seeks to “build awareness, identify solutions and help create universal access for people with disabilities.” To that end Google is soliciting people on both sides of the issue — people (or those whose family are) living with a disability as well as innovators, inventors and tinkerers. The Google’s has already teamed up with tech startups like Mission Arm, E-Nable and World Wide Hearing, and now it’s looking to fund more solutions to the tune of $20 million.

The program is effectively split into two halves. Members of the general public are encouraged to submit “What If” questions — essentially suggestions for accessibility issues they’d like solved — while startups and inventors should respond to Google’s Open Call. The program is accepting most and any all ideas until September 30, 2015 at 2:00 pm, Pacific Daylight Time.

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Source: Google Impact Challenge

26
May

Microsoft’s apps will ship with Android tablets from LG and Sony


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If you thought Microsoft’s app deal with Samsung was surprising… well, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. The Windows maker has reached agreements to bundle its apps and services on Android tablets from 20 companies. Most of these firms are small regional brands, but there are a few global powerhouses that include LG (which will include Microsoft on an unnamed future device) and Sony (starting with the Xperia Z4 Tablet). Yes, this probably means getting the Office suite and other apps you might not use much, if at all. However, it’s evident that Microsoft doesn’t mind — it’d rather make its services as ubiquitous as possible than send you straight into Google’s arms.

Filed under: Tablets, Internet, Software, Mobile, Sony, Microsoft, LG

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Source: Official Microsoft Blog

26
May

NASA picks the scientific tools it’ll use to study Europa


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NASA is convinced that Jupiter’s moon Europa is worth visiting, and for good reason: its icy surface could be hiding a giant ocean friendly to life. The agency is going to need the right equipment if it’s going to verify its theories, however, which is why it just chose nine instruments that will go aboard a Europa mission in 2020. The tools will use a mix of imaging, magnetometry, radar and spectrometry to study the frozen world’s chemical composition and learn more about what’s lurking out of view. While these gadgets won’t completely eliminate the need for underwater probes and other landers, they could save scientists a lot of trouble (and expense) as they search for signs of organic material.

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Source: NASA

26
May

Marvel’s universe gets a dedicated search engine for comic queries


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Since Marvel opened up its API to developers, creative types are able to leverage the company’s massive comic library for apps and the like. One dev, Filix Mogilevsky, took it upon himself to create a search engine for the collection of characters and issues. iMarvel serves up character and comic book descriptions based on what you input with auto-complete suggestions to boot. For example, inputting “Thanos” provides a short bio with links to different sections of Marvel’s site for more detailed info. Search for a specific title like The Avengers & the Infinity Gaunlet and you’ll be privy to a brief synopsis, characters, a few images and a list of creators. Sure, it’s more of a quick reference tool than anything else — and yes, it’s piping in content from Marvel’s own site — but I’ll admit to spending more than a few minutes pecking around. Give a go for yourself via the source link below.

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Via: The Next Web

Source: iMarvel.co

26
May

Google VR to be shown off at Google I/O this week


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With the Google I/O all set to kick off later this week, a few pointers about the company’s plans have leaked out. The company is seemingly holding a myriad of VR related events during the course of the 2-day event.

A new revelation suggests that Google could be pushing the virtual reality envelope further this year with Google VR expected to be shown off. This plan was in motion since last year’s I/O event where the company gave away attendees something known as Google Cardboard, which was a simple VR headset that anybody could make at home.

But things could be different this year with the company looking to take the platform further. This is not to say that Google will actually show off hardware this week, but merely that they could encourage OEMs to come forward and leverage Google’s VR platform.

We’ll know more about Google VR and its plans for the future over the course of the week.

Via: Slash Gear

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26
May

LG, Sony and several others to bundle Microsoft Office apps with future tablets


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After announcing a strategic partnership with Samsung, Dell and several other regional companies across the globe, Microsoft has now stretched this to 31 by adding 20 new OEMs to the list, including prominent global figures like Sony and LG.

Under this partnership, Microsoft apps like OneDrive, OneNote, Skype as well as Word, Excel, PowerPoint will be preinstalled in the tablets that are launched by these manufacturers. They will essentially work as native apps on the device as they will be offered out of the box.

Sony’s recently launched Xperia Z4 Tablet is said to be the first to make use of this new partnership with the Redmond giant. You can find the list of new manufacturers who are part of this new alliance in the list below:

  • Axdia International GMBH – Germany
  • Cube – China
  • DL – Brazil
  • General Procurement – United States
  • Grupo Nucleo – Argentina
  • Haier – China
  • Inco – Mexico
  • Ionik GBMH – Germany
  • Iview – United States and Latam
  • LG – Global
  • Multilaser – Brazil
  • Noblex – Argentina
  • Pacific (Vulcan) – Mexico
  • Philco – Argentina
  • Positivo – Brazil
  • Prestigio – EMEA
  • Sony – Global
  • Teclast – China
  • TMAX Digital – North America
  • Wortmannn – Germany

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Via: Android Central

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26
May

Why you still need antivirus on your Android


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e’re all concerned about safety and justifiably so. Whether it’s a security system for our home, a car-seat for our child or where our food comes from, it’s only human nature to protect oneself from danger. Hardwired from years of evolutionary progress, being able to identify threats is an invaluable skill. While we’re (hopefully) no longer fighting off tigers in the wilderness, the presence of predators is still very real.

fiverr_zpsa365e260As our society becomes more sophisticated, the threats don’t disappear — they simply take on a new form. It’s not likely that a wolf is going to hunt you down in a fast-food restaurant to steal your McBurger but the chances of some contemptible schmuck stealing your credit card information are frighteningly high. Cyber attacks, hackers and identify theft are phrases you’ll hear just about every day in the news. If our nation’s capitol isn’t exempt from these attacks, what makes you think your phone safe?

While many, including Symantec’s Senior VP, have claimed the decline of antivirus, Forbes reports that what we may be experiencing is a shift in just how we protect ourselves. Perhaps the one-stop “set it and forget it” model of primitive software is dwindling in favor of a more comprehensive and smarter solution. The idea that the threats have disappeared or that protection is futile is a silly assumption and one that we certainly don’t believe. With over a quarter of the world using smartphones, it’s more important than ever to be protected.

Sure, you may say that most modern smartphones have built-in security measures. You’re right.The Blackberry was once an industry leader, renowned for their fortification and Android is considered by most to be leaps and bounds more secure than your standard desktop PC. Neither, however, have been immune from breaches and attacks. A recent study from Symantec claims that 17% of all Android applications are malware. These are staggering numbers. Granted, some of this comes from folks installing third-party apps from unknown sources and tinkering around with Android’s standard security settings.

With all of the malicious software, nefarious characters and sketchy websites floating around online, how can we stay safe? There’s no excuse for ignorance and educating yourself about the most common threats is certainly a necessary line of defense. Now what? You’ve done your homework and brushed up on best practices for avoiding risky clicks but relying solely on your own understanding is like walking a tightrope. Antivirus software can serve as a safety net to protect you from mistakes and the unforeseen. When it comes to your identity and online safety, it’s not worth risking the fall.

Kapersky, Norton, Lookout, AVG… it can be dizzying to try to figure out which software to install. While there are myriad choices when it comes to antivirus developers and publishers, visiting an aggregate source such as Top 10 Antivirus Software Website can help you compare and contrast the many different options available and help you make an informed decision about how you protect yourself and your data.

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26
May

Microsoft Office is coming pre-installed on select Android Tablets


Microsoft has been mighty busy today. Earlier today, it was announced that Microsoft would be bringing Cortana to both iOS and Android, as well as the addition of a Phone Companion app for Windows 10 and the ability to stream music from OneDrive account via an updated Xbox Music application. Well now, Microsoft has announced that the suite of Microsoft Office applications will be pre-installed on select Android tablets.

Here is a list of the manufacturers of the tablets that have agreed to include Microsoft Office pre-installled are:

  • Axdia International GMBH – Germany
  • Cube – China
  • DL – Brazil
  • General Procurement – United States
  • Grupo Nucleo – Argentina
  • Haier – China
  • Inco – Mexico
  • Ionik GBMH – Germany
  • Iview – United States and Latam
  • LG – Global
  • Multilaser – Brazil
  • Noblex – Argentina
  • Pacific (Vulcan) – Mexico
  • Philco – Argentina
  • Positivo – Brazil
  • Prestigio – EMEA
  • Sony – Global
  • Teclast – China
  • TMAX Digital – North America
  • Wortmannn – Germany

It’s also worth noting that Microsoft stated that the Microsoft Office suite WILL be available on a new LG tablet and Sony’s Xperia Z4 in the next 90 days. of course the specific tablet wasn’t mentioned, but there’s a little insight into what we can expect from LG in the coming weeks or months.

In March, we made access to Microsoft apps and services on mobile devices easier for customers by announcing strategic agreements with global OEMs Samsung and Dell, eight regional OEMs and top original device manufacturer Pegatron to pre-install Microsoft Office and Skype on Android tablets. Today I’m excited to announce that 20 additional global and local OEM partners, including LG, Sony, Haier, Positivo and Wortman, will make Microsoft productivity applications and services available on their Android tablets. These 31 partners will offer Android tablets pre-installed with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, OneDrive and Skype in the near future. They will be available on a new LG tablet, and Sony will include them on their Xperia Z4 tablet in the next 90 days.

What are your thoughts on Microsoft Office being pre-installed on select Android tablets? Let us know in the comments below.

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26
May

Nexus Player pricing slashed down from $99 to $79


Released in October of 2014, and Google I/O 2015 happening later this week, Google has cut the price of the first Android TV box, the Nexus Player, from $99 to $79. We aren’t entirely sure whether this is just a coincidence or if this is a sign of things to come later this week. As with everything surrounding the weeks leading up and following Google I/O, it will be fun to watch.

You can grab the Nexus Player for $79 with free shipping today. So take advantage of this deal because there’s no telling when it will end, plus everything is good with free shipping. With the reduced pricing, are you planning to pull the trigger on the Nexus Player? Let us know in the comments below.

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