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Aug

Google Play Services version 7.8 now available with some new features


You might notice that Google Play Services is prompting you to update via the Google Play Store – this is to bring it to version 7.8, and with it some pretty cool new features. Included in this release is Nearby Messages, Mobile Vision API, as well as Google Cloud Messaging.

  • Nearby Messages: Nearby Messages introduces a cross-platform API to find and communicate with mobile devices and beacons, based on proximity. Nearby uses a combination of Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and an ultrasonic audio modem to connect devices.
  • Mobile Vision API: The Face API allows developers to find human faces in images and video. It’s faster, more accurate and provides more information than the Android FaceDetector.Face API. The Barcode API allows apps to recognize barcodes in real-time, on device, in any orientation. It supports a range of barcodes and can detect multiple barcodes at once.
  • Google Cloud Messaging: Google Cloud Messaging has expanded notification to support localization for Android. GCM will handle displaying the notification based on current device locale, which saves you having to figure out which messages to display on which devices!

The latest version of the SDK is now available to download to take advantage of these new features and implement the necessary API’s using the link here.

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14
Aug

Latest ruling from court turns back Samsung appeal in Apple lawsuit


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Last month Samsung received some backing from major tech companies like Google, HP and Facebook in their ongoing patent lawsuit with Apple. The companies were hoping to help bolster Samsung’s case before the U.S. appellate court that too much emphasis was being placed on patents that constitute a tiny fraction of the whole when it comes to a smartphone. The argument is an important one to Samsung as they try to limit the damages owed to Apple that resulted from a court case in which it was ruled that Samsung had violated some of Apple’s patents. The appeals court has rejected this latest argument from Samsung.

A final ruling on the amount that Samsung owes to Apple is still pending before the district court. When Apple originally won the court case, they were awarded closet o $1 Billion in damages. Since then, Samsung has been whittling away at that amount through a series of appeals. The current potential payment owed sits at $548 million.

source: BBC

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14
Aug

Comcast to launch its own YouTube rival called ‘Watchable’


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Fresh off of its multi-million dollar investment in Vox and Buzzfeed, Comcast announced Friday it will be launching a digital video platform akin to YouTube in the coming weeks. According to Business Insider, the platform, called “Watchable” will be populated with non-exclusive, unlicensed, original content that will stream to users. Comcast has announced content-sharing partnerships with both Vox and Buzzfeed (obviously), as well as a host of other producers including AwesomenessTV, Refinery29, The Onion, Mic and Vice — even NBC Sports. The company has not yet released a complete list of partnerships as a number of them are still being finalized.

All this video is going to be curated and bundled up for the viewing pleasures of Comcast’s Xfinity X1 box owners (and the lucrative advertising potential they hold). The service will be set top-only at launch but will eventually migrate to iOS and Android apps as well. The company reportedly also plans to gradually swap out all current generation set top boxes with the new X1’s. These boxes allow users to stream content to their mobile devices as well as watch cable TV.

[Image Credit: Bloomberg via Getty Images]

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Tags: android, apple, buzzfeed, cable, Comcast, google, internet, ios, streaming, Television, vox, Xfinity

14
Aug

Apple in Discussions With Bay Area Test Track Focused on Self-Driving Cars


Apple’s work on its much-rumored Apple Car is progressing, and the company is said to be scouting for secure locations in the Bay Area where the vehicle can be tested, reports The Guardian. Engineers working on the car project are said to have met with officials at GoMentum Station in May to explore the site as a possible testing facility, suggesting work on the car may be further along than previously thought if there are already prototypes ready for testing.

GoMentum Station is a 2,100-acre former naval base run by the Contra Costa Transportation Authority that’s located in the East Bay, approximately an hour and a half from Apple’s Cupertino headquarters. The site, advertised as “the largest secure test facility in the world,” is used to test both Connected Vehicles and Autonomous Vehicles and is poised to become “the center of CV/AV research.”

In correspondence obtained by the Guardian under a public records act request, Apple engineer Frank Fearon wrote: “We would… like to get an understanding of timing and availability for the space, and how we would need to coordinate around other parties who would be using [it].” […]

In late May, Jack Hall, program manager for autonomous vehicles at GoMentum Station, wrote to Fearon to postpone a tour of the facility but noted: “We would still like to meet in order to keep everything moving and to meet your testing schedule.”

What’s most notable about today’s rumor from The Guardian, aside from the fact that the project is nearly to the prototype phase, is the site’s supposition that the vehicle is autonomous. Previous reports about the car, being developed under the code name “Project Titan,” have disagreed about whether the car is self-driving.

According to The Wall Street Journal, the car is electric but not autonomous, while Reuters has sources that say the project does indeed include self-driving cars. It’s possible that Apple is exploring both autonomous and non-autonomous electric vehicles under the car project, but Apple’s interactions with GoMentum Station don’t offer insight into the company’s plans as the site is for both autonomous and connected vehicles.

Over the last several months, details on Apple’s work on an electric car have been trickling out. Apple is said to have hundreds of employees working on the project, and has been recruiting many automotive experts. Apple has also reportedly met with several automobile manufacturers, and even went so far as to explore using the electric BMW i3 as the base for the Apple Car, though talks did not progress to the partnership stage.

Apple is rumored to be aiming to launch its Apple Car in 2020, giving it five years of development time. Of course, the car is still in the early testing stages, and Apple often tests products that never see the light of day. There’s a possibility that the Apple Car may never make it to market, even after years of testing, should Apple’s plans for the vehicle not pan out.


14
Aug

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 color comparison


Yesterday Samsung unveiled the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 to the world, giving us a new member of the Note family that takes obvious inspiration from its little brother, the Samsung Galaxy S6. We’ve already brought you a number of features and videos showcasing the new Note 5 and the Edge+, but now it’s time to jump in and take a quick look at how each of the new colors compare.

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Samsung’s most familiar colors do make a return here, so let’s start by focusing on those. Yes, we are talking about black sapphire and pearl white, the two most common colors in the Samsung ecosystem.

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Just like with the Galaxy S6, all the Note 5 colors have a translucent look but the black and white colors do help hide the fingerprints better than most. It’s also worth noting that both of these colors won’t like you see your reflections quite the same as you will with the next two colors.

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Up next we have gold platinum, a color that was first introduced with the Samsung Galaxy S6. The gold platinum makes this phone look quite different as it has very different sheen to it, but its translucency does make the reflections on the back very prominent. The color is also very prone to fingerprints, which may or may not be a dealbreaker depending on your personal preferences.

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Finally we have titanium silver, a brand new color to Samsung that is being introduced with both the Note 5 and Edge+. The titanium silver is a nice compromise between black and white, but this color is still just a little bit too reflective for my own tastes. If you prefer matte colors like I do, this one probably won’t be what you’re looking for, though the color is admittedly very attractive.

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Really all the phones look pretty great regardless of the color you choose, perfectly complimenting the metallic frame and glass body design of the Note 5. Bottom-line, it will just come down to which color most speaks to you.

Which is your favorite, and why? Be sure to let us know in the comments.

14
Aug

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ color comparison


Yesterday Samsung officially took the veil off the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+, alongside the Samsung Galaxy Note 5. The plus-sized version of the Galaxy S6 isn’t too much different from the original in terms of looks and specs, but its color choices do differ a little bit.

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Just like with the Note 5, Samsung is giving us a total of four colors to choose from. Of course, it’s hard to say which colors will make it to the US (or your region), and even if they do the colors available will likely vary from carrier to carrier. With that in mind, let’s jump right in and take a look at the colors of the Edge+.

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While the colors offered with the Galaxy S6 and the S6 Edge were similar, each model had its own special color choice. This isn’t the case with the Note 5 and Edge+, as both phones come in white pearl, black sapphire, gold platinum, and titanium silver. Just like with the Galaxy S6, the S6 Edge+ colors are translucent and are pretty reflective. This is especially true of the platinum and silver variants.

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The white pearl is a pretty standard white color with no real surprises here, though it provides a very clean look and happens to be the best at hiding fingerprints and smudges.

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Next up is black sapphire. It’s pretty safe bet you’re going to see this one the most often. For one thing, pretty much every carrier at least stocks black, and it is a pretty traditional color for smartphones. This is the same color as found in the Galaxy S6, meaning that it has a bit of a blue hue in it when the light hits it just right.

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The Gold Platinum color first debuted with the Galaxy S6, and is probably the flashiest color of the bunch. If you are really looking for something that stands out and catches eyes, this one is going to be hard to beat.

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Lastly, we have Silver Titanium. This is a brand new color introduced with the Note 5 and Edge+, and while not as flashy as the gold coloring, its mirror-like finish still makes it very reflective and will make it hard to keep clear of fingerprints.

Regardless of which color you choose, the Edge+ is a very attractive looking phone, even if it really nothing more than a supersized version of the original Galaxy S6 Edge. Which is your favorite, and why? Be sure to let us know in the comments.

14
Aug

Google-obsessed Nat & Lo wonder what Android M will go by


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Cupcake, Donut, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean, KitKat, and Lollipop are all tasty treats. They are also names of versions of Android launched in previous years. Each year, Google chooses a new treat to act as the symbol of Android. This year, with Android M, the options are vast. So YouTube’s Nat & Lo, who often explore Google’s mysteries, created a musical number on potential Android M names while hinting at their next episode.

Click here to view the embedded video.

Among the names mentioned by Nat & Lo are Milkshake, Malt Ball, Moon Pie, Mocha, Madeleine, Muffin, Macaroon, Marshmallow, Macadamia Brittle, Meringue, M&M, Marzipan, Mango Lassi, Maple Syrup, Molasses, Mousse, Molten Chocolate Cake, and Mentos. Since some of those are actual brand names, Google may end up partnering with a sweets manufacturer. Doing so would not be surprising as Android 4.4 KitKat was promoted alongside the treat made by Nestlé. Google was able to use the name it wanted and Nestlé’s product received new exposure through cross-promotion.

What do you think Android M will go by?

Source: Android (Twitter)

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14
Aug

Project Ara rerouted as Puerto Rico gets dropped as first test market


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Earlier this year, Puerto Rico was named as the first test market for Project Ara. The country was selected due to its reliance on mobile networks and the diversity among carriers and people. Today, the team behind Project Ara took to Twitter to provide an unfortunate update. The planned market pilot for Project Ara in Puerto Rico has been canceled.

A Google spokeswoman did confirm to PCWorld that Project Ara will continue to be developed even after this setback.

Project Ara is overseen by Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) group. Regina Dugan, ATAP’s head, is in charge of deciding the fate of works like Project Ara. This means that Project Ara could soon be canned, sold, and or promoted to Google. The most likely scenario for Project Ara is that it becomes elevated to become a product of Google’s made available to the public. Despite Paul Eremenko leaving Project Ara in June, a commitment to making modular devices an accessible product globally seems as evident as ever.

Additional updates will be provided by the Project Ara team next week.

Source: Project Ara (Twitter)
Via: PCWorld

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14
Aug

How to Recover Files, Contacts, Calendars and Reminders in iCloud


When iOS 8 was released, there was an iCloud Drive bug that caused many users to lose all of their documents that were stored in iCloud Drive. Apple fixed that issue, but there are still rare problems that pop up that can cause iCloud content to be erased, either through user error or through bugs in the operating system.

Following the iOS 8 iCloud Drive deletion snafu, Apple quietly introduced tools to recover deleted files from iCloud, and more recently, added a way to recover Contacts, Calendars, and Reminders, giving users a way to restore any lost content. This is a little known feature, but it’s good to know about if you run into an issue that wipes out content on your iOS device.

The first step is to log into iCloud on the web. These recovery tools are only available through iCloud.com. They are not present in the iCloud Settings app on iOS 8 or within the dedicated iCloud Drive app that’s available in iOS 9.

To log into iCloud.com:

  1. Visit iCloud.com in a web browser of choice, such as Safari or Chrome.
  2. Enter your Apple ID and password.
  3. If you have two-factor authentication turned on, you’ll need a trusted device to generate a code to log into iCloud and access the settings.

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To access the recovery settings:

  1. Click on the “Settings” app in the main iCloud menu.
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  3. Scroll down to the bottom of the page until you get to the “Advanced” section.”
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  5. Click on the content you need to restore. Options are files stored in iCloud Drive, a list of contacts, or your Calendar and Reminders.

Restoring files:

Using the “Restore Files” option on iCloud.com brings up a list of all files that have been deleted over the past 30 days. It includes files from apps that support iCloud Drive, such as Pixelmator, Napkin, and Byword.
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14
Aug

Seagate Review: Hands-On With the 4TB Backup Plus Portable Hard Drive With Lyve Integration


Seagate has long sold a line of Backup Plus external hard drives that offer large amounts of storage space at a reasonable price, and in June, the company announced two new features added to all hard drives in the Backup Plus line: 200GB of Microsoft OneDrive cloud storage and the Lyve photo and video management app for automatically backing up photos.

Seagate also announced a new high capacity Backup Plus Portable hard drive, with 4TB of storage and a 20.5mm form factor, priced at $240. Seagate invited us to test out its newest hard drive to test the Backup Plus hard drive and the new Lyve app and service it ships with.

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Seagate’s new Backup Plus offers the same 4TB of storage that the Backup Plus Fast offers, but it’s less expensive and it is a single 4TB hard drive instead of two external drives in a RAID 0 configuration. It’s also got more storage than the Backup Plus Slim, which caps out at 2TB, allowing Seagate’s newest offering to fill a void between the two existing products (Fast and Slim) in the Backup Plus family.

Design and Features

Seagate’s been selling its Backup Plus line for years. Design wise, the 4TB Backup Plus looks like any standard 2.5-inch portable hard drive. It measures in at 4.5 inches in length, 3.1 inches in width, it’s .807 inches thick (20.5mm), and it weighs 0.54 pounds. In terms of usability, those dimensions mean it’s slim and easy to slip into a bag or a backpack.

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The Backup Plus has a traditional black casing that’s half metal and half plastic, with the metal plate located on the front of the drive. An LED on the front lights up when the hard drive is plugged in, and there’s a single USB port on one side.
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