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Jul

JXE Streams: Things get wild in ‘Life is Strange’ ep. 3


Life is Strange is an emotive sort of time-travel tale, starring angsty teenagers, viral videos and friendships tested again and again. The game stars Max, a high school girl who returns to her hometown to find a lot of things have changed, including her former best friend, Chloe, who is now rebellious, cold and searching for a missing girl. Blackwell Academy, their school, is packed with political drama and ominous happenings, and the tepid Northeastern weather starts shifting in odd, extreme ways. Oh, and Max can reverse time. You know, normal high school things. We dive into Episode 3: Chaos Theory live at 3:30PM ET (12:30PM PT) right here, on Twitch.tv/Joystiq or on the Engaget Gaming homepage.

Filed under: Gaming, HD

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9
Jul

Google and BlackBerry team up for a secure enterprise Android


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BlackBerry and Google are having a total peanut butter and chocolate moment here. The two companies have just announced that they’re teaming up to create a more enterprise-ready version of the Android OS. The deal will see the heightened security features of BES12, BlackBerry’s enterprise device deployment service, integrated into Android’s 5.0 Lolipop build and Google Play for Work.

This is a big win for both sides. Google gets a boost to its security ecosystem (not to mention access to a huge new swath of enterprise customers) and BlackBerry gets an Android-based tourniquet to tie off its cash hemorrhage. But enterprise users are the biggest winners of all. They’ll essentially get the same level of security that made BlackBerry the smartphone of choice for world leaders with the massive app library and ubiquitous functionality of the Android OS. What’s more, this lends additional credibility to rumors that we may soon see an Android-driven BlackBerry device.

[Image Credit: Chris Radburn/PA WIRE]

Filed under: Handhelds, Wireless, Internet, Google, Blackberry

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Via: Crackberry

Source: BlackBerry

9
Jul

You won’t buy IBM’s 7nm chip, but it’s a big deal for computing


While Intel is finally getting its 14-nanometer sized chips out to the public, IBM today announced an even more impressive silicon breakthrough: The production of the first working 7nm chip. It’s particularly impressive since it took years for chip makers like Intel to move from 22nm chips to 14nm, which offer better power efficiency and faster overall speeds thanks to their denser manufacturing. IBM’s 7nm chip, produced together with partners including GlobalFoundries (which is taking over IBM’s semiconductor business) and Samsung, will offer similar benefits, but the road to get there was vastly more complex than 14nm chips. IBM says it’s using silicon germanium in electricity-conducting channels on the chip, as well as a new lithography method, dubbed Extreme Ultraviolet, to print finer circuits (which are around 10,000 times thinner than human hair). Perhaps most intriguingly it also keeps Moore’s Law, the notion that computing power will double roughly every 18 months, alive for the next few years.

“The implications of our achievement are huge for the computer industry,” wrote Mukesh Khare, IBM’s VP of semiconductor technology research. “By making the chips inside computers more powerful and more efficient, IBM and our partners will be able to produce the next generations of servers and storage systems for cloud computing, big data analytics and cognitive computing.”

Basically, the move towards 7nm is less about making desktop rigs faster, and more about making computing more efficient for laptops, mobile devices and other platforms. That should lead to huge leaps in battery life, even cheaper server time and leaps we can’t even imagine yet. It’ll likely be a while until we see 7nm chips in typical products, but IBM and its partners have proved one way to make them real. Things are even cloudier looking beyond 7nm: Khare says “there’s no clear path to extend the life of the silicon semiconductor further into the future,” and reaching the 5nm milestone will be even more difficult.

Filed under: Misc, Mobile

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Source: IBM

9
Jul

Yahoo wants you to gamble on fantasy sports


You already use Yahoo Sports to track your fantasy leagues, meticulously crafting winning line-ups each week for the sheer thrill of bragging rights–but what if you want to make it, well, interesting? Now you can: Yahoo just updated its fantasy sports app with daily, real-money tournaments.

Getting started is pretty simple: Yahoo Fantasy users can add up to $600 per day to participate in curated public contests, or private tournaments with their friends. The app uses a simplified salary limit ($200 budget per tournament), with winnings paid out at the end of each day via PayPal. Not confident enough in your draft to put cash on it? Don’t worry–Yahoo will also host several free tournaments each day for folks just want to play for fun.

The Yahoo Fantasy update comes at just the right time for the company: advertising revenue at Yahoo has been in a steady decline in recent months–gambling could be just what the firm needs to keep the books balanced. Online fantasy gambling is a fast growing market (remember that $250 million Disney poured into DraftKings?)–and with Yahoo poised to pocket 10-percent of all player entry fees, Daily Sports looks like a solid bet.

Filed under: Internet, Mobile

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Via: LA Times

Source: Yahoo

9
Jul

Two reasons to download and install the latest Google Play Store 5.7.10 APK


The Google Play Store has just received a version bump, bringing it to version 5.7.10 and few minor changes, after only being updated a few days ago to version 5.7.6. You can probably guess by the small increase in version number that this one is a tiny update.

What’s New

– new circular animation on TV pages
– popular opinions review blurbs

Of course, there could be more undisclosed under the hood performance enhancements not immediately noticeable.

Why download it?

If like me you like to be on the cutting edge of developments, you can go ahead and grab the latest Google Play Store 5.7.10 APK from here. Running the latest version of the Google Play Store always ensures you have the latest features and experience the changes first-hand into new developments within the APK. Often small incremental updates will lay the ground work for future, more substantial, changes and running the latest APK enables you to see these clues for yourself and experience the fixes Google are delivering to the Google Play Store app.

Please appreciate the risk when sideloading APK’s onto your device. These are unvetted by Google, which means the source or the code have not been verified. You download and load this onto your device at your own risk.

Notice anything else different in the newest version of the Google Play Store? Drop us a comment below.

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9
Jul

Android M Developer Preview gets first update


Having promised monthly updates to Android M at the Google I/O 2015 conference earlier this year, the Developer Preview of the latest version of Android has received its first update.

Preview 2 includes the new platform code, some additional APIs for testing as well as a few developer reported fixes such as Camera Permission and TextInputLayout issues.

How to Get the Update

If you are already running the M developer preview launched at Google I/O (Build #MPZ44Q) on a supported Nexus device (e.g. Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 9, or Nexus Player), the update can be delivered to your device via an over-the-air update. It is expected that all devices currently on the developer preview will receive the update over the next few days.

There’s also a new version of the Android M Developer Preview posted here for any new fresh installs for devices.

Google indicates that Android M is still on schedule for a fall release and urges anyone on the Developer Preview to report critical issues as you continue to test and validate your apps on the M Developer Preview.

The post Android M Developer Preview gets first update appeared first on AndroidGuys.

9
Jul

Apple Adds Five New Videos to ‘Shot on iPhone 6’ Gallery


Apple today updated its “Shot on iPhone 6” site to add five new videos to the film section of the gallery. First added to the site in early June, the gallery showcases videos that were created using the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, incorporating camera features like Slo-Mo, Time-Lapse, and more.


Shot on iPhone 6 video taken in Papua New Guinea
In addition to featuring these videos on its site, Apple also uploads them to YouTube and shows them on television. At least one of the videos added to the site today was previously used in a television commercial. Videos that Apple uploads come from iPhone users around the world, and today’s videos are from Bolivia, Alaska, Hawaii, and Papua New Guinea, with two videos coming from the last location.

The first video features a car racing across salt flats in Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia, while the second depicts a train in Anchorage, Alaska. All of the videos have music playing in the background, which is listed in the videos description, and they each end with the tagline “Shot on iPhone 6.”


A third video features a massive wave cresting in Haleiwa, Hawaii, while two videos from Papua New Guinea depict a Time-Lapse sunrise and an underwater shot of a school of fish near a coral reef.


Apple’s Shot on iPhone 6 series has been running since March and has featured photographs and videos from more than 70 photographers in 24 countries. The image have been used in print media, transit posters, billboards, and television commercials around the world.

Just recently, Apple’s Shot on iPhone 6 campaign won an Outdoor Lions Grand Prix award in advertising during the Cannes Lions International Festivity of Creativity, with one of the judges saying, “It’s not just a great idea. It’s a game changer. It’s really opening a new way of doing things and changing behavior.


9
Jul

Android M Developer Preview 2 arrives!


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Last year’s Android L Developer Preview marked the first time Google had ever let the general public take part in testing out new versions of Android before they were ready for final release. One thing L didn’t have, however, is regular updates.

Thankfully, with Android M Google announced it would be continually updating the test builds between the first release and final commercial version. And now the very first update has arrived! Android M Preview 2 images are now available for your flashing pleasure. For those that already installed the first preview and are willing to wait, Google also says an over the air update will be making its way over to your device in the next few days.

As for what’s new? In addition to bug fixes and performance tweaks, Google’s official blog post also mentions the following highlights:

  • Modifications to platform permissions including external storage, Wi-Fi & Bluetooth location, and changes to contacts/identity permissions. Device connections through the USB port are now set to charge-only mode by default. To access the device, users must explicitly grant permission.
  • API Changes:
    • Updated Bluetooth Stylus APIs with updated callback events. View.onContextClickListener and GestureDetector.OnContextClickListener to listen for stylus button presses and to perform secondary actions.
    • Updated Media API with new callback InputDevice.hasMicrophone() method for determining if a device microphone exists.
  • Fixes for developer-reported issues:
    • TextInputLayout doesn’t set hint for embedded EditText. (fixed issue)
    • Camera Permission issue with Legacy Apps (fixed issue)

So what are you waiting for? To grab the update and manually flash, click on one of the following links:

For those that have already flashed, any noticeable (major) changes in terms of features or performance?

9
Jul

T-Mobile gains 2.1 million subscribers in Q2 2015, urges Sprint CEO to “stay in the kiddie pool”


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T-Mobile has been doing a great job at shaking up the wireless industry as of late, and it looks like the company’s hard work is paying off. The Un-carrier has just released a report stating that it gained 2.1 million total net customers in the second quarter of 2015, which is a 41% increase year-over-year and marks the carrier’s ninth consecutive quarter with over 1 million additions.

Additionally, the company is boasting over 1 million branded postpaid net customer additions, which is also up 11% year-over-year and marks the fourth consecutive quarter with over 1 million additions. T-Mobile also added 760,000 branded postpaid phone net customers (a 31% year-over-year increase) as well as 178,000 branded prepaid net customer additions, which marks a 75% year-over-year increase.

T-Mobile has been the fourth-largest mobile carrier in the United States for some time now, but that may all change sometime soon thanks to the carrier’s impressive Q2 numbers. Back in May, Sprint, currently the nation’s third-largest carrier, said that it had 57.1 million subscribers, compared to T-Mobile’s 56.8 million at the time. With the addition of T-Mo’s 2.1 million, we may end up seeing T-Mobile surpass Sprint in total subscriber count in the next few weeks. We’ll be sure to let you know if we hear anything more on this in the future.

As T-Mobile slowly works its way up in the ranks, John Legere, the company’s CEO, took part in an interview this morning on CNBC that may have just added some fuel to the Sprint/T-Mo rivalry.

Not too long ago, Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure took to Twitter to fire some shots at the Un-carrier, explaining that he’s tired of T-Mobile’s “Un-carrier bulls**t.” We assumed that it would only be a matter of time until John Legere fired back at Claure, and it looks like we’re finally seeing what the edgy CEO has to say.

Legere’s response aired this morning on CNBC, following T-Mobile’s big announcement that it will now allow 4G LTE and voice calling to Canada and Mexico at no extra charge. In response to Claure’s rant, Legere says that Sprint is “diving in the deep end of the pool, and Marcelo should stay in the kiddie pool.” Legere goes on to take a few more cuts at Sprint, Verizon and AT&T, which is quite entertaining.

T-Mobile is expected to give many more announcements over the next few weeks as part of its new Un-carrier Amped! initiative, and we’re certainly excited to see just how the carrier plans to shake up the industry next.

9
Jul

The LG G4 is a jack of all trades, yet master of none


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Ask people what they want in a phone and the LG G4 would probably fulfill all of those requirements. Yet people are looking at Samsung and Apple offerings for their next device.

Something has to be putting LG at a disadvantage, right?

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The LG G4 has a sharp display with Quad HD resolution, micro SD card slot for additional storage, removable battery to extend usage, professional-like camera, Dual Window functionality, Smart Bulletin, LG Health, and plenty of other features. The list goes on and on. All this in a relatively small form factor considering the screen itself is much larger than most of the competition. The only real complaint would be build quality, but the leather back option does make it look much nicer. However, the biggest problem with creating a product that tries to do everything is it ends up being for no one specifically. All the features that everyone said they wanted so much no longer seem that great once they are all together.

The reason for this is exactly why Apple and its iPhone are so successful. The company based in Cupertino focuses on key features that users really want and use, then proceed to work until the product is (seemingly) perfected. When you overload the product with tons of ‘stuff’, the overall experience suffers rather than improves.

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Samsung is another great example of this. In the past, the Galaxy line was absolutely flooded with features that many users ended up never using and grew to dislike.

With the release of the Galaxy S6, we are seeing a new and improved Samsung. They have cut features that were not all too useful and redirected resources to make the hardware and software worthy of a consumer’s attention. Even with half the features the G4 has, the Galaxy S6 is widely regarded as the best Android phone ever made.

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HTC, at one point, also made phones that were good but lacking distinct features. The company went back to the drawing board and came out with the One (M7), a device applauded for its great design and premium speakers. Now, years later, if someone tells you they love watching movies and listening to music, but are unsure of what phone to buy, you know exactly what to recommend. Instantly, the first phone that comes to mind is the One M9. There is nothing else on the market that sounds as good. HTC has successfully positioned itself for a certain consumer.

The iPhone just works, the Galaxy S6 Edge has curved edges, the One M9 sounds unbelievable, and the Galaxy Note 4 has a versatile stylus. What is that one feature LG really worked into the G4 to make it stand out from the rest? The display’s resolution is matched by other top devices. The inclusion of a microSD card slot is still common even if it is slowly on the decline. And the slightly curved display is bested by LG’s own G Flex 2. There is nothing that only the G4 has that makes it stand out.

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I strongly considered buying the LG G3 last year as it had a high-end display that was not only large, but much sharper than anything else on the market. It had something that really stood out from the best of the best. The G4 on the other hand has added more while not being very unique. Its personality is missing.

The G4 is a great phone that most consumers would be happy to own, but I really hope LG starts to consider how it wants to identify in the mobile industry. The company has a great base, but it needs to expand upon that. LG is missing that one feature that everyone wants and is only available on the G4.

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