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Microsoft’s prototype keyboard cover has an e-ink touchscreen

Tablets are becoming more useful for getting real work done. Looking to further bridge the gap between slate and laptop, Microsoft Applied Sciences built a prototype device it calls the DisplayCover: a keyboard cover that houses an e-ink touchscreen display. The 1,280 x 305 resolution panel not only provides access to app shortcuts, but it can also handle touch gestures for navigation and accept stylus input. The stylus feature seems to make things like signing documents and scribbling notes a breeze, based on the demo video. In the case of an app like Photoshop where you need constant access to tool palettes, those items can be parked at the top of the keyboard so they don’t take up valuable space on the tablet’s display (in this case a Surface).

Why e-ink? Well, the team says the material was selected because it wouldn’t put too much added strain on battery life like a full-color touch panel would. Sure, the DisplayCover is a prototype that’s obviously far from finished. However, it’s interesting to take a look at what companies are doing to make efficient use of small screen sizes for maximizing productivity.

[Thanks, Antonio]

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Peripherals, Microsoft


Microsoft Applied Sciences

Tags: cover, displaycover, e-ink, keyboardcover, microsoft, surface, tablet, touchscreen


‘GTA V’ video editor is coming to the PS4 and Xbox One next month

A number of recent games have photo editor modes for making stylish screenshots out of your adventure, but Grand Theft Auto V‘s full video recording and editing feature is unique (not to mention exceptionally fun). More GTA V fans will soon get a chance to give it a spin: Rockstar Games just announced that the Rockstar Editor will make its way to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in September. Originally, this feature was supposed to be a PC exclusive, but Rockstar announced its change of plans back in May.

The Rockstar Editor’s console launch isn’t the only thing GTA V fans have to look forward to, either. It’ll come with a variety of new features like a new music and sound effects library, an expanded “director mode” to make crafting your videos easier, a bunch of new fonts and a few other small changes. The update for PS4, Xbox One and PC version of GTA V will be pushed out via a downloadable update next month.

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Rockstar Games

Tags: grandtheftauto, gta, gtav, rockstareditor, videoeditor


Microsoft wants you to scan in 3D using only your phone

Microsoft's MobileFusion 3D scanning

If you want to do some 3D scanning, you usually have to get either a dedicated scanner or a less-than-elegant add-on. Microsoft Research and the University of Oxford think there’s a better way, though. Their MobileFusion project captures 3D models using only an app on your smartphone. The software scans objects by comparing image frames from your phone’s camera and creating stereo depth maps from the results — you just have to walk around an object to get more detail. It’s much like Kinect Fusion, but you’re not tied to either a PC or a clunky peripheral.

The resulting images aren’t so detailed that you’d mistake them for the real thing, but they’re good enough for 3D printing, augmented reality and any other purpose where a quick scan should do the trick. You could recreate a museum statue for friends back home, for example, or spruce up your eBay auction with a 3D representation of what you’re selling. While you can’t try MobileFusion yet, there are hopes to release it soon with support for Android, iOS and Windows.

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Cellphones, Science, Software, Mobile, Microsoft


Inside Microsoft Research

Tags: 3dscanner, 3dscanning, android, iphone, microsoft, microsoftresearch, mobilefusion, mobilepostcross, scanner, scanning, video, windows, windowsphone


T-Mobile launches 2-day Back-to-School sale, Galaxy S6 for $499

T-Mobile is acknowledging the new school year with an opportunity to get rid of their inventory some good deals for that new phone you’ve been eyeing.  Some of its inventory has already seen a price drop, so T-Mobile is hoping additional moolah off via a promo code will get you to make the jump.

Front and center, we have the Galaxy S6, which was launched with a full price of $679 (32GB version).  With the $100 price drop and $80 promo code “DEAL80OFF”, the price falls down to $499.


To further entice you, T-Mobile is throwing in a free car charger.

Just enter promo code “DEAL80OFF” at checkout. Plus you will receive a FREE T-Mobile 3.1AMP Micro USB Car Charger – Black and Silver – SRP value of $ 29.99


If you demand more storage space, the 128GB has a $200 drop from its retail $859 price tag.  Together with the $80 off promo, you’re looking at $579.  $80 more (than the 32GB version) ain’t bad for a 96GB increase in internal storage.

If the S6 Edge is more your cup of tea, it will cost you an extra $100 (32GB version) with the same promotion, at $599.

Other deals include:

  • $50 off a Note 4, at $499 (promo code:  “NOTE4DEAL”)
  • $80 off Galaxy S5, at $399 (promo code:  “DEAL80OFF”)
  • $120 off LG G4, at $479 (no promo code)
  • $80 off LG G Stylo, at $199 (promo code:  “BIGDEAL”)
  • $50 off LG Leon LTE, at $49 (promo code:  “LEON50OFF”)

Are you going to be picking up one of these hot deals and start off the school year right?  Keep in mind that you have only two days to decide.

Source: T-Mobile

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Get This Look: ‘Plastix’ 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!

Plastix by mowmo

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Why we love this look:

We’re big fans of minimalistic design and Zooper, so when we saw Plastix we instantly liked it and how it complimented the natural Material Design of Android Lollipop. With 98 skins for wallpapers and clock combinations, together with over 90 wallpapers, you’re bound to find something that looks great on your device. There are some really nice looking widgets that Plastix offers, and we recommend you try it out. You can grab it using the links below.

What you’ll need:

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New talk shambles in suggesting Nokia to get back in smartphone market


Taking a cue from the zombie apocalypse landscape, the idea of Nokia getting back into the smartphone market has seemingly re-emerged from the dead thanks to new information from Bernstein Research senior analyst Pierre Ferragu. In a report to major clients, Ferragu thinks Nokia can ride the strength of their brand image to become a major Android smartphone manufacturer in the budget device segment of the market.

According to Ferragu, Samsung and Apple, while not fighting for the same consumers in the smartphone market, are competing for distribution channel customers. This battle resulted in no room being available for a third alternative to the Android and iOS platforms. Even now Ferragu thinks there is no room for a new entrant due to the level of maturity of the iOS and Android ecosystems.

Looking ahead though, Ferragu thinks the day is returning when “brand, distribution and scale were everything, innovation was mostly hardware-driven and easily replicable.” As evidence of Nokia’s return to a market where the dynamics are changing to a formula that existed when Nokia was thriving, Bernstein points to evidence the company is snapping up Android engineers for their development team. However, the analysts do anticipate Nokia will have to partner with others to manufacture low cost handsets and they point to a company like LG or Huawei as a possible source.

Finally, Ferragu believes Nokia’s brand image will help it succeed where others may have been struggling. Nokia recently placed 98th in brand value according to rankings by Interbrand. “From that perspective, the brand matters in smartphones as does distribution and scale,” according to the Bernstein analysis.

source: Korea Times
via: G for Games

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Cricket expands support for Canada, adds several new countries to international plans


Cricket Wireless announced today they are enhancing international calling and messaging options available to their customers. For those who are traveling or doing business frequently between the U.S. and Canada, they will now get unlimited talk and text both to and from Canada and the U.S. This new capability will automatically be included in Smart and Pro monthly plans for no additional cost.

Cricket is also tweaking their calling and messaging features between the U.S. and Mexico. Currently Smart and Pro plan customers can roam in Mexico for no additional charge when making a call. Now they will also enjoy unlimited text, picture and video messaging from the U.S. to Mexico.

Finally, Cricket is expanding their international footprint by offering service to the Dominican Republic, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Jamaica, Haiti or Nicaragua through an add-on for specific countries. The add-on plans range from $10 to $15 per month on top of the Smart or Pro monthly plan a consumer already has.

source: Cricket Wireless (PR)

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OnePlus 2 kernel source code now available for download

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Carl Pei, co-founder and CEO of OnePlus, today announced on Twitter that the kernel source code for the OnePlus 2 is now available for download from GitHub. Even though this news won’t directly benefit everyday users of the handset, making the source code available for public download will allow developers to begin creating custom ROMs for the device.

The OnePlus 2 runs Android 5.1.1 Lollipop out of the box and comes pre-loaded with OnePlus’ in-house Oxygen OS software overlay. The company’s first handset, the OnePlus One, came with Cyanogen OS pre-installed. After a very public falling out between OnePlus and Cyanogen took place, OnePlus decided to create its own software replacement soon after.

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This news comes just days after the OnePlus 2 received its first OTA update, which included a patch to help deal with the well-known Stagefright security exploit, a handful of bug fixes, and a bump up to Oxygen OS version 2.1.

If you’re interested in downloading the kernel source code for the 2, follow the source link below.


Twitter adds desktop notifications to direct messages on the web

Twitter’s direct messages via the web just got more useful. Today the social network will start rolling out DM notifications for its site which will be available for everyone by the end of the week. Once it does go live for you, if you have open in a browser tab and get a DM, a notification will appear in the top right corner of your display. The company has really been pushing for the DMs feature to become a full-fledge messaging service to compete with the likes of Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp. In addition to today’s desktop news, it recently removed the 140-character limit from direct messages and in January added group messaging. The company has been in the midst of determining how to attract and keep new users to its service. Expanding one of the core features into something most people use on a daily basis, it might be able to get those users to stick around and actually post status updates.

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Tags: DirectMessage, DM, Notifications, Twitter


Ashley Madison offers $500,000 bounty to help find hackers

Ashley Madison website hacked

The Impact Life hackers might not release any more data they stole from adultery-enabling site Ashley Madison, but the legal investigation into who exactly is responsible for the security breach is just getting started. As reported by The Independent, Ashely Madison’s parent company Avid Life Media (ALM) is offering a $500,000 reward for any information leading to “identification, arrest and prosecution” of those responsible for the hack. It’s the first major step that ALM is making to find out what happened to its data, and it’s also a very public confirmation that the data Impact Life stole is legit. High-profile security researchers had said as much in the days immediately following the hack, but the initial statement from Ashley Madison was a bit less concrete.

The Toronto Police department is also getting involved — and it is hoping that so-called “white hat” hackers will help them find the perpetrators. According to Motherboard, acting superintendent Bryce Evans said that hackers have “certain techniques to help us and assist us” during a press conference this morning. He also said the department would lean on its “good working relationship” with the FBI and Homeland Security here in the US to push the investigation forward. And if any civilians have information to share with the police, the police said they can contact a Twitter account specifically for tips regarding the investigation.

There’s definitely a sense of urgency around finding those responsible for data breach — Evans alluded to a series of “spin-off crimes and further victimization” from people accessing the hacked data. Most troubling, Evans referred to two suicides that appear to be related to the Ashley Madison breach, though it’s important to note that they haven’t yet been definitively linked to the hack. Either way, the Toronto police and AML are both obviously motivated to find those responsible for these hacks quickly — but even if they do, it won’t put a stop to other individuals abusing the stolen data.

[Image credit: Lauren Hurley/PA Wire]


The Independent (1), (2), Motherboard

Tags: alm, ashleymadison, avidlifemedia, hack, hackers, impactteam

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