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Aug

Get This Look: ‘MORF’ Zooper Widget


We’re huge fans of changing the home screen around a bit and creating a new user experience for our Android. So much so that we present our ongoing series of Get This Look posts. In a nutshell we show you a new layout, app, widget, or icon set for your Android handset and tell you which apps you’ll need to mimic the feel.

Some of these are a little easier to create than others and many of them can be tweaked to no end. The following details are but the ingredients to which you can create your own delicious Android dish; your results will vary. Which is awesome! If nothing else, this is a great way to discover new apps, widgets, icons, and more!

MORF by mowmo

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Why we love this look:

I’m a huge fan of minimal widgets that compliment the Material Design of Android Lollipop and MORF is one of the best; included in the pack are 38 clock and wallpaper skins, as well as over 90 high resolution wallpapers. The widgets are clean and very well designed and look good with a multitude of icon packs, offering vital information that has to be on your homescreen in a beautiful way.

What you’ll need:

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20
Aug

Get This Look: ‘MORF’ Zooper Widget


We’re huge fans of changing the home screen around a bit and creating a new user experience for our Android. So much so that we present our ongoing series of Get This Look posts. In a nutshell we show you a new layout, app, widget, or icon set for your Android handset and tell you which apps you’ll need to mimic the feel.

Some of these are a little easier to create than others and many of them can be tweaked to no end. The following details are but the ingredients to which you can create your own delicious Android dish; your results will vary. Which is awesome! If nothing else, this is a great way to discover new apps, widgets, icons, and more!

MORF by mowmo

Screen Shot 2015-08-20 at 20.28.17
Screen Shot 2015-08-20 at 20.28.26

Why we love this look:

I’m a huge fan of minimal widgets that compliment the Material Design of Android Lollipop and MORF is one of the best; included in the pack are 38 clock and wallpaper skins, as well as over 90 high resolution wallpapers. The widgets are clean and very well designed and look good with a multitude of icon packs, offering vital information that has to be on your homescreen in a beautiful way.

What you’ll need:

The post Get This Look: ‘MORF’ Zooper Widget appeared first on AndroidGuys.

20
Aug

Microsoft beats Google to the tap with Bing On Tap features


Android Marshmellow, confirmed to be Android 6.0 (versus 5.2), is sure to bring many big changes to the Android ecosystem. One of the new features discussed briefly during Google I/O 2015 was something called Google Now on Tap.

Despite a mouthful of a name, Google Now on Tap will bring Google Now-like abilities for use in other apps. For example, activating Google Now on Tap while viewing a message from your spouse asking you to pick up milk on the way home will Bing Snapshotbring up a prompt to set a reminder to do just that. This is just one example of all that Google Now on Tap will be able to do.

This will change the way people use their smartphones, as it is just one step closer to having your phone be an actual smartphone. Alas, we must wait for Google to release this along with Android Marshmallow…

Unless you’re willing to use Bing, instead. Microsoft has updated Bing to enable you to use it much like Google Now on Tap will function. So it seems they beat them to the tap. Alright, that’s out of my system.

Dubbed “Snapshot”, Bing will tap (couldn’t help it…) into sources like Wikipedia, Airbnb, Lonely Planet, and more in order to bring you relevant information to what’s on your screen. Check out the promo video below

If you’d like to give Bing Snapshot a shot (okay okay I know I know…) hit the widget below. Let us know what you think.

via 9to5Google

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20
Aug

Microsoft beats Google to the tap with Bing On Tap features


Android Marshmellow, confirmed to be Android 6.0 (versus 5.2), is sure to bring many big changes to the Android ecosystem. One of the new features discussed briefly during Google I/O 2015 was something called Google Now on Tap.

Despite a mouthful of a name, Google Now on Tap will bring Google Now-like abilities for use in other apps. For example, activating Google Now on Tap while viewing a message from your spouse asking you to pick up milk on the way home will Bing Snapshotbring up a prompt to set a reminder to do just that. This is just one example of all that Google Now on Tap will be able to do.

This will change the way people use their smartphones, as it is just one step closer to having your phone be an actual smartphone. Alas, we must wait for Google to release this along with Android Marshmallow…

Unless you’re willing to use Bing, instead. Microsoft has updated Bing to enable you to use it much like Google Now on Tap will function. So it seems they beat them to the tap. Alright, that’s out of my system.

Dubbed “Snapshot”, Bing will tap (couldn’t help it…) into sources like Wikipedia, Airbnb, Lonely Planet, and more in order to bring you relevant information to what’s on your screen. Check out the promo video below

If you’d like to give Bing Snapshot a shot (okay okay I know I know…) hit the widget below. Let us know what you think.

via 9to5Google

The post Microsoft beats Google to the tap with Bing On Tap features appeared first on AndroidGuys.

20
Aug

Apple TV Fell to Fourth Most Popular Streaming Media Device in U.S. in 2014


The Apple TV was the fourth most popular streaming media device in the United States in 2014, according to new data compiled by Parks Associates. Sales of the Apple TV were eclipsed by sales of devices from Roku, Google, and Amazon.

Roku continues to be the most popular brand when it comes to streaming media devices, representing 34 percent of units sold, while Google and its Chromecast were responsible for 23 percent of device sales. Amazon’s Fire TV was the third most popular choice, while Apple came in fourth. In 2013, the Apple TV was the third most popular streaming media device, but in 2014, it fell behind the newly introduced Fire TV and Fire TV Stick.

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Combined, streaming media devices from Apple, Roku, Google, and Amazon were responsible for 86 percent of all streaming media device sales to U.S. broadband households.

According to the data, almost 20 percent of U.S. households now own one or more streaming media players. When it comes to ongoing usage, Roku devices are unsurprisingly at the top of the list. 37 percent of households regularly use a Roku device, 19 percent use a Google Chromecast, 17 percent use an Apple TV, and 14 percent use an Amazon Fire TV/Fire TV Stick.

With a new Apple TV on the horizon, the streaming media device market could shift in Apple’s favor in 2015 and 2016. The new Apple TV is a radical departure from the existing Apple TV, which has not been updated for several years. It will include a full App Store that supports games and apps, Siri integration, a refreshed design and operating system, more storage space, and a touch-based remote control.


The Apple TV won’t be able to compete with devices like the Google Chromecast or the Amazon Fire TV on price, but it will bring a host of features not offered by other products.


20
Aug

LG G Watch R gets Wi-Fi in new Android Wear update


 

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Google today has begun rolling out the latest Android Wear update to smartwatches bringing with it interactive watch faces and Wi-Fi compatibility with the LG G Watch R.

Android Wear 5.1.1 launched in May of this year with Wi-Fi capabilities in tow, but many were disappointed to see that the G Watch R wasn’t capable of Wi-Fi even after the update. The hardware was there to support it, but LG had disabled it for some reason.

Fortunately, once todays Android Wear update is downloaded on your G Watch R, you should have Wi-Fi capabilities. While this is exciting news, some users will still be left without Wi-Fi for a few days, as updates like these do take some time to fully roll out.

Have you gotten Wi-Fi on your G Watch R yet?

source: Google

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20
Aug

International ZUK Z1 will be powered by Cyanogen OS, features USB-C and USB 3.1


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Earlier this month we reported on the ZUK Z1, a new smartphone from a Lenovo-backed company that is attempting to challenge established players in the “affordable yet powerful” smartphone space. At the time, all we knew for sure was that the phone would debut in China. As it turns out, an international model is also in the works and, unlike the Chinese Z1, it will run Lollipop-based Cyanogen OS 12.1 right out of the box.

Just like the standard model, the ZUK Z1 is powered by a Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor, which the company says they chose over a newer-gen Snapdragon due to the reliability of this particular chipset when compared to chips like the Snapdragon 810. Other specs include 3GB RAM, a 5.5-inch 1080p display, 64GB storage, a 13MP main cam, 8MP front cam, a fingerprint scanner, and a hefty 4100 mAh battery. The Z1 also stands out as one of the first phones with a Type-C USB port, and – unlike the OP2 – it also features the speedy USB 3.1 standard.

Not much is known about what markets the ZUK Z1 plans to hit with its international model, though we wouldn’t be shocked if it made its way to other parts of Asia, as well as Europe. A North American launch would be interesting but we’d say it is a bit less likely, though you never know. Pricing is also uncertain, though the Chinese version is expected to cost around $280, so we wouldn’t be too surprised if the price tag stays about the same.

Thankfully, we don’t have to wait long before hearing more details. ZUK will officially reveal its full international plans at a special event in Shenzhen tomorrow, August 21st. If the Cyanogen-equipped ZUK Z1 makes it to your market and costs under $300, would you consider it?

20
Aug

Japan’s top oil company is building an ‘Aliens’ power loader


This is turning out to be an awesome week for powered exoskeletons. First, America’s MegaBot clears half of its initial $500,000 Kickstarter goal ahead of next year’s fight against Japan’s Kuratas in a little under 24 hours. Now, Mitsui, Japan’s number one oil and ore mining outfit, has announced that it plans to develop real life versions of Ripley’s power loader.

The device is known as an Assist Suit AWN-03 and was developed by ActiveLink and Panasonic. It consists of a 13-pound backpack outfitted with leg supports which allows its wearer to lift up to 33 pounds without any noticeable effort. But that’s only the first step. The company plans to expand the pack’s capabilities (via the addition of mechanical arms and legs) within the next two years to create an honest-to-goodness power loader. A company representative even went so far as to call out the movie by name. “What we have in mind is the Aliens power loader,” Tomoya Tsutsumi, an official at Mitsui’s construction and industrial machinery division, said during a demonstration of the AWN-03 in Tokyo earlier this week.

the second iteration of the suit will incorporate full arms and legs

The company hopes to sell at least 1,000 units of the AWN-03 in its first year of production. Parcel delivery companies Kajima Corp. and Yamato Holdings have already expressed interest in using the assistive device.

[Image Credit: Top – 20th Century Fox, inline – Panasonic]

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Source:
Bloomberg

Tags: aliens, assistive, exoskeleton, Japan, Kajima Corp, Kickstarter, kuratas, megaobot, Mitsui, Mitsui Co., Panasonic Corporation, power loader, ripley, Tokyo, United States, Yamato Holdings Co Ltd

20
Aug

Nintendo drops the 2DS to $100


Anyone who’s been holding out for a new Nintendo handheld, we really hope you didn’t buy a 2DS last night. Nintendo has dropped the retail price of the 2DS — its dual-screen, non-3D handheld — from $130 to $100. The 2DS is a single plastic block (no clamshell) with two screens, an analog pad, directional pad, four action buttons and a stylus, and it plays most of the games available on the 3DS and DS. The $100 2DS includes a digital copy of Mario Kart 7, just like the former, pricier version.

The 2DS launched in October 2013 for $130 and by January, Nintendo had sold 2.1 million units. The sales came despite the fact that its announcement in August 2013 was widely received with amused bewilderment, to say the least. As it turns out, the 2DS is a handy little system for players who don’t care for 3D gaming, and now it’s a tad more affordable.

Ah, the sweet scent of video game price cuts. Prepare yourselves — the holidays are coming.

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Source:
Business Wire

Tags: 2ds, hdpostcross, MarioKart7, nintendo, PriceCut

20
Aug

JFK installs phone-tracking beacons to better estimate wait times


Holiday Travel Expected To Increase From Last Year

More than 19 million travellers pass through JFK airport each year. That leads to a lot of standing around in lines, either waiting to get through customs or waiting for baggage at the carousel — even just getting a cab. So, to improve the queuing experience for passengers, JFK airport is rolling out a beacon-based wait time estimation system.

The system, called BlipTrack, looks for Bluetooth- or Wi-Fi-enabled devices in “discoverable” mode. When one of these devices passes a specially-designed beacon, the system pulls, records, encrypts and timestamps the device’s MAC address. As the device passes more beacons, the system estimates how fast people are moving through the airport. It then displays a real-time guess of the wait in various lines — such as at the TSA or Customs and Border Protection checkpoints — across 13 monitors situated throughout JFK’s Terminal 4.

“It continuously updates,” Daryl Jameson, vice president at the company JFKIAT, which runs Terminal 4, said in a statement. “People like to know how long they are going to wait in queues. Nobody likes to wait in lines and signage helps to manage expectations.” And not only does the system tell passengers how long they’re going to be standing around, it also alerts airport employees about developing bottlenecks which allows them to react to the situation more quickly.

“This new system will help us manage and eliminate problem spots within the facility, and sharing the processing time with our travelers will provide them with peace of mind so they may continue to expect a pleasant travel experience. Additionally, data from travelers’ phones could eventually influence future airport design, Gert-Jan de Graaff, President and CEO of JFKIAT, said in a statement. “In the past, cameras and stopwatches were used to manually track how long it took fliers to get through lines. The data this methodology created was often inconsistent.” JFK is the first airport in New York to install the screens, which reportedly cost more than $250,000, though Cincinnati CVG has been using a similar system since last summer.

[Image Credit: Getty Images]

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Tags: airports, Bliptime, JFKAirport, JFKIAT, MACaddress, NYC, transportation, travel

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