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Jul

Bing Maps adds trip-planning tools and easy access to reviews


If you prefer Bing Maps as your go-to navigation tool, the software’s preview version received a big redesign. Focused primarily on helping you plan trips, a load of new features aim to make it easier to search, view and share multiple destinations easily. Bing Maps Preview will pull in reviews and photos from Yelp in its search results, so you’ll have quick access to suggestions when traveling in an unfamiliar locale. When it comes to planning an evening out, for example, there’s a new card-based format to keep each stop a few taps away. For those entries, hours, useful details and similar options nearby are all included. Bing also employs predictive routing to help you determine the best time to head, showing you what traffic would be like for a specific time of day.

There’s also an Along the Route feature that displays restaurants, hotels and more on the path you’re looking to travel, serving up suggestions when you need to pull over and refuel. What’s more, you can get a closer look with updated Streetside views, save destinations to My Places for later viewing and easily share travel plans with others. The load of new tools is available through the Bing Maps Preview on the desktop now, and updates are said to be on the way to Bing Maps mobile apps.

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6
Jul

How to Customize Apple TV to Show Only the Channels You Use [Mac Blog]


We’ve been waiting for the fourth-generation Apple TV for at least two years now, and we’ve been teased with vague comments, leaks from the supply chain, and analyst predictions for several years running. We thought we’d get a look at it this year at the Worldwide Developers Conference, but Apple was still not ready to show it off.

How to Customize Apple TV 4
Until we get a whole new model with, hopefully, a brand new look to the operating system, we have to stick with what we’ve got. The number of media channels is not getting any smaller, with Apple adding new content on a regular basis. For example, Apple recently added NatGeo TV. Content options are great, but sifting through dozens of channels can be a pain sometimes.

If you’re tired of scrolling through the nearly seven dozen channels looking for the ones you use most, you can hide everything you don’t want to access, making it much easier to get to the content you want. We’ve got a quick tutorial to show you how.
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6
Jul

ASUS unveils the Pegasus 2 Plus smartphone – 5.5-inch display, 3GB of RAM, 13MP camera


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ASUS on Saturday announced a new smartphone called the Pegasus 2 Plus X550, which brings some decent specifications to the table for what will likely be an affordable price point.

The new smartphone, which is the successor to the company’s budget-friendly Pegasus X002 smartphone, comes with a 5.5-inch 1920 x 1080 display, a 64-bit octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor, 3GB of RAM, a 13MP rear-facing camera and an 8MP front-facing camera. It also has a dual-SIM card slot, a 3030mAh battery, and runs ASUS’ Zen UI atop Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. While the phone’s pricing and availability has yet to be announced, it will be available in both Rose Gold and White color options.

ASUS Pegasus 2 Plus

Considering the number of low-end specifications the ASUS Pegasus X002 brought to market, this new model is definitely a worthy successor to the first generation device. We’re not sure if the Pegasus 2 Plus will make its way out of China, but we’ll be sure to inform you once we receive more details from the company.

6
Jul

Samsung Galaxy S3 and Note 2 UK users won’t receive Lollipop update


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Unfortunately, Galaxy S3 and Note 2 owners in England will not receive the Android 5.0 Lollipop update. Users have been complaining to Samsung via Twitter due to the lack of the update and in response, the UK Twitter account replied by saying that neither phone would receive it.

@WesoLabeshnai We don’t like to give out bad news Rohan but the Note 2 and the Galaxy S3 won’t be receiving the Lollipop update.”

This means that the devices will be stuck with Android 4.4 Kitkat, and that it will be time for the users to upgrade their phones! Even more disappointing for UK users, a recent report has confirmed that Samsung is ready to release the Lollipop update for both devices in other countries such as Poland and Sweden.

Via: Stuff

Source: Twitter

 

 

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6
Jul

Samsung Galaxy S3 and Note 2 not receiving update to Lollipop


So it Looks like owners of the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the Galaxy Note 2, in the UK, will not be receiving their update to Android 5.1 Lollipop. Instead, those devices will forever remain on Android 4.4.2 KitKat.

Samsung’s UK Twitter account made the announcement on Saturday, in response to a question from a concerned user. While this isn’t the most surprising of news, it could be seen as a grace, given all the issues surrounding the Lollipop update.

Not that we would assume this would happen, however it would be better to stay back on KitKat than to deal with a slew of issues if the Lollipop update were to come.

The Galaxy S3 was released back in May of 2012, and the Galaxy Note 2 was released in October of 2012. So it is probably for the best, that these devices don’t receive the update to Lollipop, since newer devices like the Galaxy S5 and Galaxy S6 are still being plagued with issues.

What are your thoughts on the Samsung Galaxy S3 and Note 2 not being updated to Android 5.1 Lollipop? Let us know in the comments below.

Source: TalkAndroid

The post Samsung Galaxy S3 and Note 2 not receiving update to Lollipop appeared first on AndroidGuys.

6
Jul

Instagram’s storing HD images but won’t let you see them


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According to The Verge, Instagram has begun storing images at 1080 x 1080 pixels, far larger than the standard 640 x 640 pixels they are stored as now. The thing is, you can’t actually see the larger images natively in either the web version or the apps. They actually only show up as recently uploaded photos and even then, you’ll need to dig around in the source code to actually see them. To do so, go to the desktop version of Instagram and navigate to any of your recently uploaded images. Open the page source code, invoke the Find function and search for ‘.jpg”. That URL will lead you to a 1080 x 1080 version of the image. Huzzah? Still, the larger photos could portend a bigger, better viewing experience in future versions of the app — or at least HD advertising.

We’ve reached out to Instagram for comment and will update when they respond.

UPDATE: Per Facebook’s Alex Hollander, “I can confirm that we are rolling out 1080 to android and iphone, and most people should now see it in their mobile app.”

[Image Credit: Rasulovs/Getty]

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Via: TNW

Source: The Verge

6
Jul

Why it makes sense for Reddit to decentralize, a la Bitcoin


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Imagine a version of Reddit that’s fully peer-to-peer like BitTorrent, and which relies on small Bitcoin transactions to function. That’s something the company was actually considering last year, according to Ryan Charles, Reddit’s former cryptocurrency engineer. He was hired by former Reddit CEO Yishan Wong to lead the decentralization project — a dream that didn’t last for long. After Reddit nabbed a huge $50 million funding round, Charles shifted over to a project focused on returning Reddit shares to its users via Bitcoin (which was also killed off). He eventually left the company after just four months. Today, the idea of a fully P2P Reddit remains an intriguing one, especially since it would have helped the company avoid much of the turmoil it’s currently seeing.

After enraging some users by stamping down abusive content, the company got into hot water once again last week following the abrupt dismissal of its director of talent, Victoria Taylor, best known as the person who helped make the site’s “AmA” (Ask Me Anything) section a mainstream hit. Reddit’s unpaid volunteer moderators shut down hundreds of popular subreddit communities to protest the decision. And while most of those subreddits were eventually brought back online, a petition for Reddit CEO Ellen Pao’s firing has now reached over 160,000 signatures.

Even though both recent controversies are about entirely different things — the tension between a safe environment and allowing for true “free speech,” and a lack of communication between Reddit execs and its volunteer army — they’re part of the growing pains Reddit is facing as it tries to grow up into a legitimate media company. While there’s no doubt Reddit had some maturing to do, a P2P version of the site might have satisfied the site’s more hardcore users, since it would have been harder for the company to censor. And it would have given a layer of protection from the more unsavory posts from some members.

Here’s how Charles describes his vision of a decentralized Reddit:

Each user has an app, the reddit app, which connects to the reddit p2p network. For most users, the app is a normal web app. Each user funds their own app with a small amount of bitcoin. In order to download content, the user pays a very, very small amount of bitcoin to the peers on the network. This incentivizes people to keep the app open so as to keep servicing the other users. Furthermore, when a user upvotes content, that sends a small amount of bitcoin to the author of that content, thus incentivizing the production of good content. If all the content is authenticated, we can be reasonably sure most payments are going to the right people.

Taking the idea of a decentralized Reddit even further, NYC venture capitalist Fred Wilson wrote a blog post this weekend about how Bitcoin’s “blockchain” technology could end up being the future of Reddit or a similar media site. You’re probably familiar with Bitcoin as a semi-anonymous digital currency, but its blockchain technology is even more intriguing, since it has the potential to be used in plenty of other industries. Basically, the blockchain is a shared digital record of messages (in Bitcoin’s case, payment transactions) established by crowd consensus. Given its distributed nature, it’s effectively impossible to change or spoof a blockchain message. That’s a particularly big deal since it legitimizes transactions without the need for any sort of middleman. (Here’s a great overview on what the blockchain means for many industries.)

“It may be that there is no viable middle ground between a centrally controlled media platform and an entirely decentralized media platform,” Wilson writes. “You are either going to police the site or you are going to build something that cannot be policed even if you want to.”

A blockchain-powered media property could be curated just like Reddit is attempting to do now, but the technology also leaves the door open for someone to build a fully decentralized, totally unfiltered media site that can never be shut down. If anything, the blockchain could enable the purest expression of the internet, one not ruled by huge web entities like Facebook and Google. That could lead to innovative new platforms, but it could also enable some truly terrifying stuff (just imagine what the 4chan crowd and Reddit’s rowdiest could do with it).

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Via: The Next Web, The Guardian

Source: A VC, Medium

6
Jul

Batgirl joins ‘Batman: Arkham Knight’ on July 14th


Gotham, get ready. The first bit of DLC for Batman: Arkham Knight stars Batgirl, and it’s due to hit PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on July 14th for $7 in North America (£5.80 in the UK). This is a story-based expansion called Batgirl: A Matter of Family, Gamespot reports, and it puts players in Batgirl’s badass boots with new missions, side quests, a fresh hacking feature and Dual Play with Robin. A Matter of Family is the first installment in Arkham Knight‘s bulk-DLC season pass program, so anyone who purchased that will get the add-on at no additional charge.

There’s no word on a PC launch for the Batgirl DLC pack, which isn’t surprising considering the serious issues Warner Bros has encountered with that version of the game. Soon after release, the studio pulled Arkham Knight from digital PC shelves because of critical problems on the platform and it remains shut down today. The PC version should return in the fall.

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Source: Gamespot

6
Jul

The OnePlus 2 will cost less than $450, says CEO


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OnePlus has been slowly rolling out the specifications of its upcoming OnePlus 2 flagship, leading up to its July 27th unveiling. We already know that the device will feature a fingerprint scanner, a USB Type-C port, a Snapdragon 810 v2.1 processor and possibly an all-metal chassis. But with many of the high-end specifications already confirmed by the company, one could infer that the device might end up costing a bit more than expected.

Interested consumers can rest easy knowing that, according to OnePlus CEO Pete Lau, the OnePlus 2 will cost less than 450 USD. There’s no mention of a specific price point in the Google+ post, so there’s no way of telling whether it will come to market for $449.99 or closer to $300 like the OnePlus One.

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Last year, Lau teased that the company’s first flagship would cost “less than $400″, and they absolutely delivered on that promise. Not only did the 16GB base model cost $299, but folks could also pick up the beefier 64GB variant for just $349. The OnePlus 2 may end up costing a tad more than the One, but we’re sure many users will still be interested in purchasing an unlocked smartphone with high-end specifications for sub-$450.

6
Jul

Google’s Waze to test carpooling program for commuters in Israel


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Waze, the now Google-owned navigation service, is beginning to make its way into the carpooling business. Through a new application called RideWith, interested commuters in Tel Aviv, Israel will be able to pay drivers a small fee for gas and wear-and-tear to hitch rides to and from work. The app, which uses Waze’s navigation system, will be able to learn the routes which drivers most frequently take to work and pair them up with a commuter looking for a ride in the same direction.

Unlike other popular services like Uber, RideWith drivers won’t be able to earn a salary from this new service. Drivers are limited to just two journeys per day, and at least at the start, will only be paid a small amount to cover gas and other small auto-related expenses. Drivers will also only be able to pick up other people if they’re leaving from their home neighborhoods and heading to work, or the other way around.

Google of course plans to take a cut of the driving cost, but that price has yet to be determined.

Waze told Reuters that there might not be enough drivers to meet commuter demand at the start, but the company remains confident that as more drivers sign up, it will be much easier to hitch a ride to work.

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