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May

Android M removes the Google Now Launcher folder limit


Up until now, the maximum number of apps you could have in a folder with the Google Now Launcher was 16, 4 rows by 4 columns. But, with Android M came a new version of the Google Now Launcher which has changed things up a little.

Folders now have pages that horizontally scroll from left to right, removing the limit of 16 apps within a folder. In fact, there now doesn’t actually seem to be a limit of the number of icons.

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The Google Now Launcher is restricted to the Android M Developer Preview, but if this is the direction Google is going in, you can expect the standalone Google Now Launcher to be updated shortly.

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31
May

Nexus 9 International Giveaway


Welcome to the Sunday Giveaway, the place where we giveaway a new Android phone or tablet each and every Sunday.

A big congratulations to last week’s winner of the Galaxy S6 giveaway: Arrys E. from Philippines.

This week we are giving away a Nexus 9!

This week’s giveaway is sponsored by Blood Brothers 2.

The highly anticipated sequel to BLOOD BROTHERS, a strategic RPG enjoyed by over 25 million players worldwide.

Blood Brothers 2 is a strategy RPG released by DeNA. It’s the sequel to the acclaimed Blood Brothers game that amassed over ten million downloads during its run. It’s a strategy RPG with some monster collection elements and a bit of online multiplayer thrown in. It was a fairly solid game already but DeNA recently released a huge update to make it even better. Let’s take a look.

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31
May

DARPA to develop best practices for 3D printing


Just as steel’s physical properties change depending on how it’s produced, so too do 3D printed materials. However, unlike steel, we don’t yet fully understand how different these newfound techniques affect the resulting printed item. Sometimes a printed item — even if it’s made from something common like aluminum — ends up having a very different microstructure had it been created with traditional, subtractive methods. You can see an example of that below. Heck, even using the same material on different printer models can result items with wildly divergent properties. But DARPA is looking to change that. The DoD’s advanced research agency announced Friday that it is launching an Open Manufacturing program to create comprehensive reference documentation for 3D printing and usher in an era of productive predictability.

“The Open Manufacturing program is fundamentally about capturing and understanding the physics and process parameters of additive and other novel production concepts, so we can rapidly predict with high confidence how the finished part will perform,” said Mick Maher, program manager in DARPA’s Defense Sciences Office, said in a statement. Specifically DARPA will be focusing on a pair of metal additive processes (for nickel and titanium, respectively) as well bonded composite structures. DARPA is teaming with Penn State and the Army Research Lab for the program. These research institutes will act as both test centers for generating the reference materials as well as knowledge repositories once the program has concluded.

“Historically, U.S. military advantages were supplied by breakthroughs in materials and manufacturing,” Maher explained. “More recently, the risks that come along with new manufacturing have caused a lack of confidence that has stifled adoption. Through the Open Manufacturing program, DARPA is empowering the advanced manufacturing community by providing the knowledge, control, and confidence to use new technology.”

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Source: DARPA

31
May

FC Barcelona and OPPO team up in partnership to celebrate the art of football and smartphones






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If you asked which smartphone manufacturer would be logical for one of the biggest football clubs in the world to partner with, I’m willing to bet OPPO wasn’t going to be your first answer. Whatever you might have thought, FC Barcelona and OPPO have announced a partnership today, just a day after FC Barcelona won the Copa del Rey final against Athletic Bilbao. For both parties, the partnership is a good fit – as Tony Chen, CEO of OPPO, puts it, FC Barcelona represents the art of football, and likewise, FC Barcelona CEO, Ignacio Mestre, says that OPPO is “known for its exquisite product design and state-of-the-art camera technologies”.

FC Barcelona and OPPOIt will be very interesting to see how this partnership pans out for both parties – no doubt we’ll be seeing OPPO signage up at FC Barcelona’s games and perhaps we’ll see FC Barcelona themed OPPO smartphones in the future. We’re very impressed that OPPO has secured a deal like this with FC Barcelona, a team which features global superstars like Lionel Messi and Neymar, which will no doubt increase their brand in regions that might not have known their name previously.

What do you think of FC Barcelona and OPPO teaming up with this partnership? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

 

Press Release

Teaming the Art of Football with Exquisite Phones:


FC Barcelona & OPPO Announces Partnership

Barcelona, May 31, 2015】After a 3-1 win over Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey final on May 30 (Spain local time), FC Barcelona have announced their partnership with smartphone brand OPPO. Starting from the new season this year, OPPO will be collaborating with FC Barcelona as their official partner for the mobile phone category.

FC Barcelona Chief Executive Officer Ignacio Mestre expressed his enthusiasm for the partnership, stating “OPPO is a global leading smartphone brand known for its exquisite product design and state-of-the-art camera technologies. We are more than happy to welcome OPPO to our family and hope this partnership can bring us closer to our supporters all over the world.” According to Tony Chen, CEO of OPPO, the company chose FC Barcelona not only because of their status as a global iconic football club, but also because they represent the art of football. The partnership with FC Barcelona will be an important step in OPPO’s global marketing strategy.

Teaming with OPPO is both unexpected yet balanced for FC Barcelona, who always implements strict criteria when selecting partners. FC Barcelona is known for playing football as a fine art, supported by superb skills and excellent teamwork of their players, making every match a feast for the eyes. This is very much in line with OPPO’s pursuit of perfection and artistry of their products by combining inspired design and sophisticated manufacturing. Another point which unites FC Barcelona and OPPO is their shared ability to lead trends. From the Dream Team I in the Cruyff era to four-times Champions League winners, FC Barcelona have always been at the forefront of football.

In the case of OPPO, over the ten years since their inception, they have introduced a stunning range of awesome products, from eye-opening MP3 devices to world-renowned Blu-ray players. Creating the then world’s thinnest phone ‘Finder’, the globe’s first motorized rotating camera phone the ‘N3’, and the planet’s fastest rapid-charging technology VOOC, OPPO has never failed to impress and delight. The two partners each with an army of fans also have much in common in repaying their audience in a similar fan culture.

Though details of the partnership are not disclosed, it is certain that they will cooperate in extensive fields including football events, fan activities, TV advertising, and accessories. FC Barcelona fans will be able to see OPPO’s presence in the club’s matches from the new season this year. In one week, FC Barcelona who have two consecutive championship winner titles to their name, will kick off the last push towards the Champions League final, entertaining the keen anticipation of their fans worldwide.

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31
May

University of Miami’s hurricane tank simulates storms for scientists


Researchers from the University of Miami have started looking more closely into category five hurricanes this month. No, not by chasing them around — they’re thankfully quite rare — but by simulating their effects inside a huge indoor tank. Oceanographers from the institute built the 66 x 20 foot tank officially called SUSTAIN or Surge-Structure-Atmosphere Interaction Facility on an island off the coast of Florida. The scientists merely have to flip a switch for the paddles inside to start churning the waters and for fans to begin mimicking howling winds — in just few minutes, it all turns into a small-scale storm.

Earlier versions of SUSTAIN could only recreate category three hurricanes, and the same applies for other wind-wave simulators around the world. The current tank in Florida was designed to help scientists understand what happens during the strongest storms ever, where waves crash with devastating force and wind speeds exceed 158 mph. According to Nature, UM’s researchers will start by finding out how oil spills disperse during a category 5 hurricane and how strong aquaculture nets for fish farms have to be to withstand one.

They might also stick miniature buildings and even a tiny Port of Miami in the tank to see how long they can remain standing while the system pummels them with exceedingly strong waves and winds. The scientists believe that data from their experiments will help improve forecasts for super strong hurricanes in the future. That, in turn, will allow the government to issue more accurate warnings and to evacuate people a lot earlier if needed.

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Source: Nature

31
May

LightSail solar spacecraft gets back in touch with its ground crew


LightSail

If you were on pins and needles wondering whether or not the LightSail solar ship would resume contact with the crew back on Earth, you can relax. The Planetary Society reports that the Carl Sagan-inspired spacecraft rebooted as predicted, and the ground team is once again in touch. There’s already a software fix waiting in the wings, and there will be a decision on when to deploy it “very soon” — if all goes according to plan, the Society will deploy the vehicle’s namesake sails soon afterward. You’ll know more in the next two days, but for now it appears that this years-long project is back on track.

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Source: The Planetary Society

31
May

Google Calendar won’t send you text alerts after June 27th


Google Calendar on a Nexus 9

We hope you didn’t lean too heavily on Google Calendar’s text message alerts in order to keep your life organized. Google is warning that Calendar’s SMS notifications will vanish for regular users (education, government and work are safe) after June 27th. The search firm argues that they’re no longer needed in an era when smartphones give you a “richer, more reliable” heads-up. It’s true that modern mobile devices render SMS a bit redundant. With that in mind, this isn’t good news if you can’t justify a smartphone on your budget, or prefer to keep most notifications off — you may remain blissfully unaware of an event change until you reach a computer.

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Source: Google

31
May

Just so we’re clear, Android M won’t be Android Milkshake; but what will it be?






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When Google VP of Engineering Dave Burke was spotted at Google I/O 2015 with a milkshake themed watch face on his Android Wear smartwatch, the Android world lost their collective mind – is Android M going to be Android Milkshake? Since then, Burke has shot down the rumours, saying that Android M won’t be Android Milkshake, so unless he’s outright lying, we’re going to have to go back to guessing what the ‘M’ in Android M stands for.


Here’s a list of desserts we’ve come up with so far:

  • Marshmellow
  • Marzipan
  • Milk Chocolate
  • Mooncake
  • Mint

And if Google feels like cutting a deal with a confectionery maker again, we could have Android:

  • Mars
  • Malteaser
  • M&M

My personal favourite is Android M&M, but it’s probably a long shot. What do you think Android M’s official name is going to be? Let us know your suggestion in the comments below.

Source: Phone Arena

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31
May

Solar Impulse begins its sun-powered flight across the Pacific


Solar Impulse takes off in China

Solar Impulse has already shown the potential for sun-based aviation in its attempt to fly around the world, but it just embarked on its most ambitious trip yet. Pilot Andre Borschberg has taken off from Nanjing, China on a cross-Pacific flight whose first leg ends in Kalaeloa, Hawaii — 5,061 miles away. That’s about 120 hours in the air, and should set records for both the longest single-seat flight ever as well as the first transpacific flight by a solar-powered aircraft. And did we mention that this leg is even more dangerous than previous parts of the journey? After a certain point, Borschberg’s only choice in an emergency will be to bail over the Pacific and hope that his rescue goes smoothly.

There’s still a long way to go after this. The next phase will see Solar Impulse travel “just” 2,917 miles to Phoenix, Arizona, and there are still four legs after that — the last two of which may take nearly as long as the China-to-Hawaii run. It’ll be worth the effort if Borschberg and fellow pilot Bertrand Piccard can raise awareness about renewable energy, but this eco-friendly globetrotting definitely isn’t for the faint-hearted.

[Image credit: Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images]

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Source: Solar Impulse

31
May

Moshi iGlaze for Samsung Galaxy S6 Review: a light and elegant case for your smartphone






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With sales of the Samsung Galaxy S6 in full swing now, there are no doubt quite a few users looking for a case to protect their beautiful, and yet fragile, smartphone. However, as is always the case when buying a case is: do I buy a case that compromises the beauty of my device by looking too rugged, or do I go for a case that is more aesthetically pleasing, but probably less protective. The Moshi iGlaze for the Samsung Galaxy S6 falls into the latter category, as many of Moshi‘s cases do, and we’re going to take a look at it today.

 

What’s in the box

Moshi iGlaze for Samsung Galaxy S6 ReviewInside the box is a pretty standard, simple affair: you’ll be getting the iGlaze case itself and a card to remind you that the case has a lifetime warranty. Moving onto the case itself, you’ll be getting a case with a brushed metal-esque finish, although Moshi says that it has used a “hybrid” material to make the iGlaze and it feels a lot more like plastic. Nevertheless, it is a very striking look and would not look out of place at work or home.

The case is actually two-tone, which the back rocking that metal finish and the front edges made of a slightly different plastic. For the most part, you won’t be able to tell the difference at a glance, but the material on the front half is less shiny and more of your standard plastic. The case is also phenomenally light which means you’ll hardly notice the extra weight after adding the case to your Galaxy S6 – Moshi says the iGlaze weighs in at 30 grams.

 

How does it perform

Moshi iGlaze for Samsung Galaxy S6 ReviewAs I mentioned earlier, although the case looks metal, the hybrid plastic the iGlaze is made from is actually very malleable and it was very easy to insert and remove my Samsung Galaxy S6 – not so much that it was easy to pop it out accidentally, but it definitely wasn’t a chore or particularly difficult.

Moshi iGlaze for Samsung Galaxy S6 Review
Moshi iGlaze for Samsung Galaxy S6 Review

The case provides coverings for all buttons, and although I couldn’t fully test them with my dummy Galaxy S6, they look well articulated and tactile enough to give you feedback as to whether you’ve pressed the button or not.

Moshi iGlaze for Samsung Galaxy S6 Review
Moshi iGlaze for Samsung Galaxy S6 Review

There’s also ample space for all access points to be reached. The only concern I have with these, in particular the hole for the camera, is that the back of the iGlaze case is actually flush with the outer face of the Galaxy S6 – if you had this sitting on its back all the time, I’d be concerned that scratching of the Galaxy S6’s outer lens would eventually occur. Luckily, this isn’t the case on the other side of the iGlaze as there is quite a substantial lip around the edge to protect the screen of the Galaxy S6.

 


What I like about the Moshi iGlaze

Moshi iGlaze for Samsung Galaxy S6 ReviewMy favourite part of the Moshi iGlaze is its looks – maybe it’s the brushed metal look or its slim frame, but I really like how minimalistic the case looks, something which has become synonymous with the Moshi brand by now.

It’s also surprisingly protective with plenty of protection for the main parts of the phone, but most of all the screen, something that other minimalistic cases often neglect.

 

What I don’t like about the Moshi iGlaze

Moshi iGlaze for Samsung Galaxy S6 ReviewAs mentioned previously, my primary concern with the iGlaze is the protection of the camera. Seeing as this is one of the highlights of the Galaxy S6, I’m surprised it didn’t get the same treatment the screen did, though that would make the whole case a little thicker thanks to the protruding camera. That said, that’s just me speculating so I wouldn’t be able to say this is the case long term.

Moshi iGlaze for Samsung Galaxy S6 ReviewI’m also a bit disappointed in the colour offerings – despite Samsung offering a plethora of colours for their devices, the iGlaze is currently only available in the Graphite Black that we reviewed and Carnation Pink (which trades black for grey on the front edge). Then again, if you go for the black version, there’s not much that doesn’t go with black.

 

Final thoughts

Moshi iGlaze for Samsung Galaxy S6 ReviewOverall, I’m very impressed with the Moshi iGlaze – as always, Moshi’s minimal take on cases is elegant and simple, which is exactly what some people want in a case for their device. It also provides the minimal amount of protection for your Galaxy S6, primarily protecting the display. If what you’re after is a case that provides a little more protection than a naked Galaxy S6, looks good while doing it, and is relatively cheap at $29.95 USD, you’ll want to consider the Moshi iGlaze case for the Galaxy S6.

For more information on the Moshi iGlaze and where to buy it, you can view its product page here.

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Moshi iGlaze for Samsung Galaxy S6 Review: a light and elegant case for your smartphone
A stylish case for your Samsung Galaxy S6
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  • Protects screen well
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  • Questionable camera protection
  • Lack of colour choice

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